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''Exit Through the Gift Shop'' is a documentary by French filmmaker/obsessive filming hobbyist Thierry Guetta about Creator/{{Banksy}} and the street art scene, unless it's a documentary by Banksy about Thierry Guetta.

Guetta carries a camera wherever he goes and films everything. When he discovers that his cousin is the street artist Space Invader, he becomes the unofficial documentarian of the rising street art movement, meeting and accompanying prominent artists like Shepard Fairey. He eventually sets his sights on the most famous and elusive street artist of all: Banksy. But everything turns around when Banksy inspires him to become a street artist himself under the name Mr. Brainwash.

The film's official website is [[http://www.banksyfilm.com/ here.]]

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!!''Exit Through the Gift Shop'' provides examples of:

%%* AgonyOfTheFeet: A downside to constantly filming rather than looking where you are going. - ZCE
* ArtImitatesArt: Mr. Brainwash's art is exclusively created by combining pre-existing images. His general style is accused of being derivative of other street artists.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Space Invader, Mr. Brainwash, etc.
* BuffySpeak: Guetta lacks the vocabulary to describe Banksy.
* CameraFiend: Thierry films absolutely everything. At one point it shows that hundreds of unmarked tapes that he's filmed over the years.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Banksy's exhibit features a literal elephant in a living room.
* TheFaceless: Banksy, Space Invader, and several other artists do not allow their faces to be filmed.
* LeParkour: In the opening credits, a teenager jumps onto a roof to, apparently successfully, evade two cops.
* MindScrew: Guetta claims to be making a documentary about Banksy and other street artists, but he's really just filming mindlessly because he just loves to film street artists. Then he finally ''does'' make a documentary of sorts, which he calls ''Life Remote Control'', and it's terrible, so Banksy ends up making his own film about Guetta. ''Or'' it's all a hoax and everyone involved is screwing with the audience to make a point. We will probably never know.
* PhoneyCall: After the Disneyland prank, Banksy calls Guetta and figures it's time to leave when Guetta replies as if he's talking to his wife. Guetta is already in park custody when he takes the call.
* RealSongThemeTune / ThematicThemeTune: Richard Hawley's "Tonight The Streets Are Ours" isn't literally about street art, but rather about creative sterility. And of course, there's the chorus.
* ReclusiveArtist: Invoked in-universe; Banksy is hard to get in touch with and hides his identity.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Wharf rats are a recurring motif in Banksy's art.
* SelfDeprecation: Early in the film, a masked figure who is identified as Banksy says "This was supposed to be a film about me, but I'm pretty boring so we decided to make a film about Thierry instead."
* SlidingScaleOfLawEnforcement: Nearer to the negative end, for obvious reasons.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Some consider this film to be a successor to ''Film/FForFake''. Like ETTGS, it is a documentary assembled largely through found footage that analyzes the nature of art.
* StylisticSuck: ''Life Remote Control'' (assuming ''Exit Through the Gift Shop'' is indeed a {{mockumentary}}).
* TakeThat: Most of Banksy's work.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The epilogue informs about current activities of major characters.
* WildHair: Guetta.
%%* XtremeKoolLetterz: Common in graffiti. - ZCE
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