'Love Gilda' opens New York's Tribeca Film Festival

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- AFP picFestival co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal spoke before the screening held at Manhattan's Beacon theatre.

The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with pugnacious political words from Robert De Niro and the tender opening-night premiere, "Love, Gilda", an intimate celebration of the beloved comedian and former "Saturday Night Live" star Gilda Radner.

"That's about, basically, certain writers in the New York Times and about how they deal on a daily basis with stories", De Niro said.

Robert De Niro speaks at the "We Stand United" rally on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration outside Trump International Hotel and Tower in NY on January 19, 2017 in NY.

Here's a sampling of what De NiroswungTrump's way during his speech-slash-self-centered-rant, courtesy of Deadline reporting: "The country has had a bad year and you, the press, have taken a lot of hits".

"America is being run by a mad man", he said. "All thinking people do know the truth".

"Your job is hard enough without being attacked by our lowlife-in-chief, that's the new name I have for him", De Niro continued. The press has done an admirable job this past year. "We're looking at journalists as our saviors in the same way we used to look at our political leaders", he said. Wednesday on the "Today" show, De Niro said he would like to reprise the part.

De Niro has been among the most vocal and bluntest of Trump's critics, frequently excoriating the president.

Speaking on NBC's "Today" show, the 74 year old actor reflected on his appearance in the show's cold open this week.

Calling director Lisa D'Apolito's film, which features rare and unseen footage and taped and written diary entries, "a miracle", emotional Tina added, "It felt like I was getting to spend time with someone that I never knew, that I very much would have wanted to spend time with".

"It's past the point of being passive". People have to speak out. This administration is beyond belief. "It has to stop".

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