Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr. was made not out of desire, but necessity. For most artists, recognition is what keeps them going, pushing them forward onto the next painting, film, book, etc. The story of Robert De Niro Sr., the subject of this HBO documentary short, is a painfully familiar one — an artist who flirted with fame only to fade into oblivion. We open with the 1950 and 1960s, where a coterie of artists, dubbed the New York School of Art, have become the sensation of the art world. Members of this School of Art include Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and most importantly, Robert De Niro Sr. He was a figurative artist known for still-life paintings, and as we’re shown throughout the movie, his work was straight forward and free of pretension, inspired by the French avant-garde artists like Pierre Bonnard and Icarus Matisse. To the tune of classical music, Remembering the Artist is interspersed with talking head interviews, personal footage from Sr.’s adult life, Robert De Niro reading excerpts from his father’s journal and, most importantly, the subject’s revelatory artwork. In 40-minutes, the film compacts a lot of information in a short period of time. But the film isn’t an exercise in information inundation. Directors Geeta Gandbhir and Perri Peltz work diligently in not wasting a single frame. Each snippet of information presented feels vital to De Niro Sr.’s story.