What about Bob?

You’re at a 25th-anniversary showing of Raging Bull, the movie that offered up Robert De Niro as one of America’s greatest actors, at the Ziegfeld, one of New York’s greatest movie palaces. You’re about to see a fearless portrayal of man as an animal. But what you see first is grainy black-and-white footage of man as a corporate mouthpiece—De Niro walking down a Manhattan street, voicing an admittedly beautiful ode to the city he loves.

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