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Fiction isn't history. History isn't fiction -- at least it shouldn't be.

November 16, 2013
By ROBERT PLYLER - OBSERVER Entertainment Columnist , The OBSERVER

I recently attended a showing at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, of the 2013 film "Lee Daniels' The Butler." I thought the film was extremely worthwhile, and hoped that many people my children's ages would see it, because it made plain elements of history which I have experienced within my own lifetime. But, it seemed as though there needed to be voices which expressed the differences between what was on the screen and what actually happened. Once I had that thought, it wasn't a long stretch to realize that this column needs to be one of those voices. This week, let's look at "The Butler," and then, since we're discussing films, let's go on to another recent silver screen success story.



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