Art & Culture 52'

Robert De Niro: Hiding in the spotlight

Robert De Niro is famous for his award-winning portrayals of gangsters, criminals and socially disturbed men who show surprising traces of vulnerability. By analyzing his astonishing roles in iconic films through the years, we’ll reveal the complex actor behind these extreme characters.
Because the public knows little about the man who is largely silent about his own life and emotions, this film unwraps one of the most fascinating and enigmatic American actors of all time. We’ll use clips from his films, archive of his sparse inter views and probe into his background to illustrate De Niro’s methods for becoming the characters he plays and the reasons he’s able to do so. Our film culminates in a rare exposé of the genesis of the hidden pain that enables the masterful actor to bring such intensity to the big screen.

Direction: Jean-Baptiste Péretié

Production: Nilaya Productions for ARTE, NTR, CESKA TV, Canal+ Polska & ORF

Languages: French, English

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