1. “Robert De Niro: Me & My Gay Dad.” The legendary actor shares the story of his father, an artist who struggled for recognition as the city changed around him.
“It’s been more than 20 years since Robert De Niro Sr.’s death from cancer, but his memory is fresh for his son, who has preserved his father’s final home and studio in New York City’s SoHo. Filled with books, paintbrushes, and hundreds of canvases, some of which he never finished, it looks like pop stepped away for a coffee and should be back to finish another still life before dinner. The loft remains a quiet shrine to an artist that few recognize, perhaps mistaking his figurative paintings for a late Matisse or another French master. ’It was the only way to keep his being, his existence alive,’ De Niro explains. ’To me, he was always a great artist.’”