What's a painting worth? Like real estate and an athlete's salary, whatever the buyer is willing to pay. Exit Through the Gift Shop is a beguiling and subversively funny entertainment that considers art's worth from many angles, including that of guerrilla painters, gallerists, and seasoned collectors.
'I like your style," says the scenemaker to the androgynous Lolita with the gold shag and silver hot pants. "A little bit Bardot, a little bit Bowie." The time: 1975. The place: Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, where glam-rockers and glitter groupies converged, and frequently conjoined, on L.A.'s Sunset Strip.
Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.