L ee daniels the butler, which opens friday, is loosely based on the life of eugene allen, a butler at the white house for 34 years and through eight administrations. The story is told in a chronological order, so that the viewer gets to see the world changing, particularly for african americans through the eyes of this butler. You can read more about eugene allen in this washington post article, entitled a. Haygood is an associate producer of lee daniels the butler. A witness to history, a book by haygood published to accompany the film, the movie is set against historical events, but the title character and. Jun 17, 2016 now, lee daniels the butler is getting involved. The butler book by wil haygood, lee daniels official. During the presidencies of harry truman to ronald reagan, eugene allen was a butler in the most famous of. Gaines has been taught that, as a butler, his job is to remain unnoticed and that when he. The protagonist cecil gaines is starkly aware of, and victimized by, africanamerican oppression. Aug 16, 20 lee daniels the butler synopsis a white house butler forest whitaker serves seven administrations in three decades of history.
He served 8 presidential administrators as a butler in the white house and was married to the lovely helene allen. In lee daniels the butler, cecil gaines forest whitaker tells the story of his remarkable life. The story revolved around eugene allen, who was a presidential butler from 1952 to 1986, and is paralleled with the election of barack obama. Daniels explains to the reading audience why he made the changes he did that caused lee daniels the butler to deviate so much from eugene allens life. President reagans son attacks lee daniels the butler. Forest whitaker stars as white house butler cecil gaines in the new film lee daniels the butler. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the butler. Jun 22, 2016 oprah stars in lee daniels the butler duration. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept american society during this time, from the civil rights movement to vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this mans life and family. Since the movie chronicles the history of the civil rights movement, there are many scenes that portray hate crimes like two lynched men hanging from a tree.
In lee daniels the butler, cecil gaines gets his dream job, working at the white house, and the very first time he walks into the oval office, he finds president dwight eisenhower in a deep. This mesmerizing companion book to the awardwinning film the butler traces the civil rights. Lee daniels the butler sets out to tell two stories. As cecil gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the white house, the civil rights movement, vietnam, and other major events affect this mans life, family, and american society. Loosely inspired by the story of eugene allen, a poor southern child who grows up to. The butler, by lee daniels, focuses on the gaines family and its interaction with the various presidential families that the main character served in his time as the white house butler. Aug 16, 20 lee daniels the butler hits theaters nationwide today. Its available to watch on tv, online, tablets, phone. Eugene allen was a remarkable man, and i am happy and grateful that wil haygood had the passion and perseverance to find him and to bring his story to life in his article and through this book, which expands the story. Loosely based on the real life of eugene allen, who worked in the white house. Lee daniels the butler tells the story of a white house butler who served eight american presidents over three decades. The butler full title lee daniels the butler is a 20 american historical drama film directed and coproduced by lee daniels and with a screenplay by danny strong.
Parents need to know that lee daniels the butler is a sweeping look at the history of africanamerican life in the united states, as witnessed by a black butler forest whitaker who spent three decades working in the white house. Lee daniels tried to get me to play a serial killer video interview why i wont be watching the butler and 12 years a slave orville lloyd douglas. This mesmerizing companion book to the awardwinning film the butler traces the civil rights movement and explores crucial moments of twentieth century american history through the eyes of eugene allena white house butler who served eight presidents over the course of thirtyfour years. He produced monsters ball and directed precious, which received six oscar nominations, including best director. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Lee daniels the butler is the kind of oldfashioned oscar bait that academy members are drawn to. The film is based on the true story of eugene allen, an africanamerican butler who served eight. Lee daniels has 14 books on goodreads with 243 ratings. The butler who hired lee daniels butler indy published 9. Lee daniels the butler now involved in effort to free. Lee daniels the butler is the story of an african american man who becomes the white house butler during the eisenhower years and serves through the reagan administration. The film focuses on african american historical events, with special concentration on the civil rights era. Biographical drama tells the story of an africanamerican mans eventful career as a white house butler for a number of presidents.
The parents who lost 3 children in a car accident then had triplets the oprah winfrey show. Lee daniels the butler is a biographical drama depicting the story of cecil gaines, a man who escaped a life of slavery and oppression to serve for eight presidents as a butler in the white house. In the history narrative, lee daniels vulgarity and pitilessness energizes the biopic with grit and violence thats important to any tale of slavery and oppression. Jan 30, 2018 daniels explains to the reading audience why he made the changes he did that caused lee daniels the butler to deviate so much from eugene allens life. The butler is a 20 american historical drama film directed and coproduced by lee daniels. The film is based on the true story of eugene allen, an africanamerican butler who served eight different presidents over the course of a 34year career. When i got older, i knew i had to go before he killed me too. The movie also start oprah winfrey, cuba gooding jr. The real story of the white house butler doesnt imply racism at all. Inspiring if not inspired, lee daniels the butler is a sort of readers digest overview of the 20th century american civil rights movement centered on an ordinary individual with an extraordinary. Hes a white house butler who rose to the highest ranks of his profession, but in a field that required him to be servile and invisible.
L ee daniels the butler, which opens friday, is loosely based on the life of eugene allen, a butler at the white house for 34 years and through. Lee daniels the butler now involved in effort to free we. In 2012, daniels directed the butler, a historical fiction drama featuring an ensemble cast. However, unlike some cynical attempts to court favor with the hollywood elite, its solidly crafted, strongly acted, and most excitingly it shows that daniels has evolved as a director. Watch lee daniels the butler online stream full movie. To help the set designers recreate the white house across multiple presidencies, the white house historical association provided images for set decoration and assisted with research. Two biographers of ronald reagan are criticizing lee daniels the butler for what they say is an inaccurate portrayal, slamming what they call an insinuation that the 40 th president was. Lee daniels the butler by lee daniels forest whitaker. Watch lee daniels the butler starring forest whitaker in this drama on directv. Lee daniels opens up on filming the paperboy, the butler.
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Lee daniels the butler this sprawling, highly fictional biopic of longtime white house butler eugene allen is at once gratuitously sentimental and genuinely rousing. From guggenheim and national endowment for the humanities fellow wil haygood comes a mesmerizing inquiry into the life of eugene allen, the butler who ignited a nations imagination and inspired a major motion picture. This mesmerizing companion book to the awardwinning film the butler traces the civil. Lee daniels the butler white house historical association. Lee danielss the butler is a filmashistorytextbook.
Knowing what his mindset was and the story he wanted to tell, i can respect his directing decisions in that film much more and i make an exception and appreciate this forward. Lee daniels hit movie is an oscar hopeful like no other. Lee daniels the butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six oscar winners, including forest whitaker, oprah winfrey honorary and nominee, jane. Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century america, academy award nominated director lee daniels precious epic drama lee daniels the butler tells the story of cecil gaines forest whitaker, an african american butler who serves at the white house during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. Lee daniels the butler, the highly anticipated film that stars six oscar. Lee daniels the butler synopsis a white house butler forest whitaker serves seven administrations in three decades of history. Born the son of cotton pickers in early 20thcentury georgia, cecil witnesses his fathers execution at the hand of his remorseless young boss and is then brought into the plantation house and taught how to be a domestic servant. Lee daniels has had a consistent track record of pulling together some of hollywoods biggest names to star in his feature films.
However, it also chronicled the burgeoning movements of the civil rights era that were taken across the united states. Sharecropper house dirt road 1933 cecil walks down a lonely dirt road by himself. Lee daniels the butler is loosely based on the life of eugene allen. It is inspired by wil haygood s washington post article a butler well served by this election. With forest whitaker, oprah winfrey, john cusack, jane fonda. Lee daniels the butler has been in theaters for several weeks now, but it continues to spark debate about its perspective on a seismic period in african american history. And even though miss annabeth never said it, i knew shed miss me too. Aug 17, 20 lee daniels the butler stars forrest whitaker as the main character, cecil gaines, a butler at the white house that migrated to washington, dc from the cotton fields of macon, ga. A witness to history wil haygood, lee daniels isbn. Aug 16, 20 two biographers of ronald reagan are criticizing lee daniels the butler for what they say is an inaccurate portrayal, slamming what they call an insinuation that the 40 th president was. The book analyzes movies, television, and popular music to rethink the liberal views of democracy, equality, racism, dissent, and animal rights in the bushobama era. Cecil serving throughout the household as we dissolve from 8 year old cecil to 15 year old cecil. View the profiles of people named daniel lee butler.
Lee louis daniels born december 24, 1959 is an american film and television writer, director, and producer. Books by lee daniels author of goat herding for beginners. Lee daniels the butler hits theaters nationwide today. Jan 22, 2014 the butler who hired lee daniels butler indy published 9. A witness to history kindle edition by haygood, wil, daniels, lee. Lee danielss the butler is a filmashistorytextbook vogue. Its simply hollywood liberals wanting to believe something about my father. Annabeth sits in the rocker on her porch as she tucks a book into cecils shirt. After leaving the south as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in washington, d. Based on the incredible life of white house butler eugene allen, lee daniels the butler offers a portrait of an extraordinary man who served eight presidents. Dec 30, 20 lee daniels the butler tells the story of a white house butler academy awardwinner forest whitaker who served eight american presidents over three decades.1358 573 685 96 730 701 1247 455 108 450 143 1461 1083 777 538 1086 288 767 1402 503 870 1131 828 639 1100 947 629 975 785 157 1057 471 261 533 1509 1378 1136 1357 597 1412 301 325 1307 39 926 46 59