The Russian culture ministry has authorized a film that describes a love story between the Russia of the last tsar and the dancer, for the national newspaper, despite protests from conservative critics who have asked to be banned.
Matilde, built by the famous Russian director Alexei Uchitel, tells the story of a love between the young Nicholas and-a-half-Polish-ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya. Trailer show of romantic scenes between the prince and the showgirl. Conservative and religious critics deny the story took place and say that the film is an insult to the memory of Nicholas, who was canonized by the Russian Orthodox church in 2000.
Matilda Kshesinskaya in the title role of the ballet La Esmeralda. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images
The Russian MP Natalia Poklonskaya submitted a request to the office of the attorney general at the beginning of this year, asking to see if the film has broken a law on the right to offend the religious feelings of believers. He admitted that he had not seen the film when he made the request and said that she has no intention of.
As Russia marks the centenary of the year that saw the twin revolutions upend tsarist order and sweep Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks to power, the reputation of the last tsar is rehabilitated. Monuments to Nicholas II to go to Russia, and last month, thousands of pilgrims have done a 13-mile night walk to the place where Nicholas and his family were executed in 1918, to mark the 99th anniversary of the death.
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There is also a small but vocal contingent of Russians who want to see the monarchy restored in the country.
Last month, hundreds of activists of the Orthodox staged a protest in Moscow against the Uchitel film, and in some cases threats have been made for cinema, warning that they face the attacks if you see the film.
A spokesman for the Russian culture, the ministry said on Thursday that the film complied with the Russian law and had been issued a 16+ certificate. He said that the certificate applied to the whole of Russia, but added that the individual regions had the executive power to ban the film, if they wanted to.
The hard-line ruler of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has already called for the film to be banned, and the authorities in the near Dagestan have also said that you do not want the movie to be shown.
Uchitel has swept away the criticism, telling people that you must watch the film before complaining. He was supported by a series of major Russian directors and film stars, who have said that the calls for a ban are inappropriate.