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The Butler

Lee Daniels’ The Butler tells the story of impressive black butler Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker), who served eight presidential families at the White House between 1957 and 1986. The film is inspired by Wil Haygood journalist’s article “A Butler Well Served by This Election “, appeared in the Washington Post, about life of former butler Eugene Allen White House. Through the eyes of Eugene Allen and his family, the film traces the history of the United States, reviewing relevant events such as obtaining civil rights movement by blacks, the assassination of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy, protesting the actions of the Panther Black Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. As a butler in the White House, Cecil lives these events both inside and outside, faced with conflicts in their own family. Cecil’s story is simultaneously extraordinary and universal, showing how each generation seeks to define and live the American dream.

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