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Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”

August 20, 2013 by Alison Bailes divider image
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Get out your Oscar ballots. It’s time to mark a clear winner. Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” will be catnip to the Academy; a sweeping historical canvas with an intimate personal story in the forefront. And unlike “The Help”, which also covered major historical events in the Civil Rights era, this one has African Americans front […]

Get out your Oscar ballots. It’s time to mark a clear winner. Lee Daniel’s “The Butler” will be catnip to the Academy; a sweeping historical canvas with an intimate personal story in the forefront. And unlike “The Help”, which also covered major historical events in the Civil Rights era, this one has African Americans front and center instead of relegated to the sidelines.

This rousing saga is based on the true story of a black man who grew up in the South, lost his parents to racist hate and who went on to serve in the White House. Despite the broad backdrop, Daniels never loses sight of the individual whose life we are watching unfold. As played by Forest Whitaker (Oscar winner for “The Last King of Scotland”), Cecil Gaines is a fascinating subject. At once part of history, yet standing back from it, his life reflects America’s changing face from the 1920s to his death in 2009. When we consider his childhood, it is almost too much to believe that he lived to see a black man in the White House. Click here to continue reading…


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