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“This is a love poem from Robert to his father,” said HBO Documentary Films prexy Sheila Nevins at the June 5 premiere of “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.”

The docu, focused on the life and work of actor Robert De Niro’s father, was “never intended to be on HBO or anything,” his son admitted during the gathering at Gotham’s Museum of Modern Art.

“The original intention of the documentary was for my younger kids who don’t know what their grandfather did and I could’ve documented it for them, which I did, but I also kept the studio because the studio is a more real experience of their seeing what he did as an artist and how he lived,” De Niro said. “Whether it will make a difference for him as an artist at the end of the day, nobody knows.”

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