Banksy Does New York

Banksy Does New York

DVD - 2015
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Incorporates user-generated content to follow a 31-day scavenger hunt that took place in October 2013, on the streets of New York City at the hands of Banksy, a British street artist.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, Kino Lorber,, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD 751.73 Banksy
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
NTSC, rda
digital, optical, stereo, rda

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BRUCE PILCHER
Sep 26, 2017

An interesting documentary about a famous but unknown graphitti artist spending a month in New York. The documentary states that graphitti was invented in NY. There may be an argument that modern spray paint graphitti was invented in NY but there isn't enough evidence in the documentary to support that. It is in that way a little bit USA-centric. The documentary consists of some hand held shaky footage and is a bit disjointed. It is however an interesting look a culture that often intrudes into the ordinary world but that the ordinary world doesn't look into very often.

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johnnyknuckles
Jun 30, 2017

So good. This doc captures the planned & unplanned anarchy of Banksy's month long residency in NY. Art should be what our human world is made of, not what it's decorated with here & there if you have money.

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dylankemp
May 02, 2017

Fascinating on so many levels. I watched it with my teens and it stimulated discussion in lots of different directions.

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MaxwellLibrary
May 02, 2016

A mostly boring film featuring poorly, hand held camera work following loosers as they try to jump on the Banksy bandwagon and document his 30 days of street art in NYC.

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1aa
Jan 07, 2016

Campy, kitschy, silly: but well branded. I am convinced that Banksy fans are pre-qualified by having an IQ of no more than 80, excessive amounts of free time and disposable income. They are, however, adept at spotting a fashion and joining the bandwagon.

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gingerbeer
Dec 04, 2015

I found this film fun and entertaining but also a fascinating and somewhat absurd glimpse into our celebrity worshiping and social media obsessed culture. It also raises some interesting questions about the value and commercialization of art, celebrity and anonymity, public vs private spaces and more. While admittedly a light weight doc and somewhat haphazardly made, that is part of its charm.

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TheSandoz
Dec 04, 2015

Embarrassing.- it's a feeble, feeble documentary- it's as bankrupt as the artworld it's trying to skewer.

LPL_RachaelP Nov 13, 2015

Fans of the documentary Exit through the Gift shop will get a kick out of this film, which follows street artist Banksy through his thirty day New York graffiti art scavenger hunt.

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newdog
Oct 03, 2015

Fascinating!

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bobgrant
Sep 15, 2015

I should have read the description of this more carefully. I thought this was about Banksy. It's not. It's about people wandering around New York looking for his work (which is barely shown). Inane, inarticulate people using their phones as cameras. Unless this kind of amateur stuff is for you, skip it.

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