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"Matilda":What's the film about and why is it required to be banned

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The dispute over the film about the first love of Emperor Nicholas II broke out again.

What is the film that is still in production, so outrageous to the public?

In the center of the story of historical melodrama, as the creators called the genre, the love of Tsarevich Nikolai Romanov, the future last Russian emperor Nicholas II, and the ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya. Romantic relations did not last long - before his coronation with his future wife Alexandra Fedorovna. By the way, they say that the ballerina and Nicholas II even had a daughter (!)

After a connection with Tsarevich, Nikolai Alexandrovich she was the mistress of another Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich, and later married another representative of the royal house, Grand Duke Andrei Romanov. She brought up an illegitimate son. And after the revolution of 1917, forever left Russia. In Paris, she had her own ballet school.

The prohibition of Matilda's film The banning of Matilda's film is one of the hotly debated topics of Runet Photo: still from the film

The fate of Kshesinskaya itself is curious - she lived a long life, almost a hundred years. She is a prima ballerina of the Imperial Theaters, an influential person. The role of the main character was performed by the Polish actress Actress Michalina Olszańska, Emperor Nicholas II was played by the German theater and cinema actor Lars Eidinger. Among the star names: Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Yevgeny Mironov, Sergei Garmash, Danila Kozlovsky and Grigory Dobrygin. The film from the beginning was called a large-scale historical reconstruction: the Uspensky Cathedral, the Palace on the River Pontoon and the interiors of the carriages of the Imperial Train were specially recreated. Filming took place at the Mariinsky Theater, at Catherine, Alexandrovsky, Yusupov and Elaginooostrovsky palaces. And the whole budget of the picture is 25 million dollars.

How did it all start? 

The fact that the director Alexei Uchitel in 2014 began to make historical movies, it was known and no one was protesting. And when the production was in full swing, if not more, the public suddenly began to actively oppose the filming, demanding a complete ban. Perhaps, the first trailer for the movie seemed provocative. Among the main initiators is the social movement "The Royal Cross": "In the film" Matilda "Tsar Nicholas II is not who he really was. The love between Matilda Kshesinskaya and Tsar Nicholas II was platonic. Also, under the reign of Tsar Nicholas II, the economic and social situation was better than the current situation in Russia, "says the official statement of the public. And they appealed for support to Natalia Poklonskaya, now a deputy of the State Duma, and at that time the prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea.

Natalia Poklonskaya twice sent a request to the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation to check "Matilda" for extremism. The audit found no violations. In 2016, a petition appeared on the site, whose goal is to ban the film. "The content of the film is a conscious lie," it says. "There are no facts of cohabitation of Russian tsars with dancers in history," the petition said. - Russia is represented in the film as a country of gallows, drunkenness and fornication, which is also a lie. In the picture included bed scenes of Nicholas II with Matilda, the king himself is represented by a cruel vindictive debauchee and adulteress. " Photo: still from the film

At the end of January 2017, letters of complaint were sent to the country's cinemas. Natalia Poklonskaya sent another deputy request to the General Prosecutor's Office to verify the legality of spending the budget allocated by the Film Foundation for the creation of the film. And in April 2017 - in the expert commission, as part of the doctors of psychological, legal, philological, cultural, historical sciences with experience of up to 28 years had assessed the script and trailers of the film. Members of the commission saw a lot of mistakes: from the moral image of the Russian Tsar to the ugly appearance of his beloved. And the verdict was the same: the film imposes a false image of St. Nicholas II, insults the feelings of believers.

The results of the examination were again sent to the Prosecutor General's Office.

Who supported the release of the film?

The main idea, which sounds in most cultural figures and officials, is premature to make an opinion on a film that has not yet come out. But aggressive attacks from public organizations also could not be left without attention. Many cultural figures considered it their duty to support the picture: film director Stanislav Govorukhin, chairman of the Duma Committee on Culture, criticized the idea of ​​checking the film. An open letter was written by over forty Russian filmmakers, among them Pavel Lungin, Alexander Proshkin, Alexander Gelman, Vitaly Mansky, Andrei Smirnov and others. Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, who was on the set several times, also supported Matilda on the radio of Komsomolskaya Pravda. Finally, a comment on the situation around the premiere was given by Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian President. According to him, it's strange to evaluate the film, which is not yet ready. "And, frankly, I, unfortunately, do not have the information, which experts evaluated the film. Therefore, not knowing who exactly evaluated the film, within the limits of what powers, it is probably difficult to say something, - "Peskov said.

And what do the descendants of the royal dynasty of the Romanovs say? 

Representatives of the Romanovs' house don not agee with the evaluation of the still not released film. But many obviously did not like the idea of ​​the film. Director of the office of the Russian Imperial House Alexander Zakatov on the air of Radio Baltika called "Matilda" a base forgery, which has nothing to do with real events: "It is quite possible to discuss the personality of even a holy man, even a tsar, but for what purpose? To show in some kind of perverted form, to make money on low emotions and instincts? This is not good". The representative of the association of members of the Romanov family (another branch of the family) in Russia Ivan Artsishevsky believes that there is nothing offensive in the picture. "Nicholas II became a saint for martyrdom, and I think it's normal to show him as a man," said Artsishevsky TASS. The historian, journalist and spectator about the scandalous "Matilda" Teacher Learn More

The filmmakers are tired of arguing

Director Alexei Uchitel called the discussion around "Matilda" useless and unnecessary. "Honestly, I'm already tired of the war of Ms. Poklonskaya with me and the whole film crew of the film. Instead of quietly finishing the film, I have to be distracted by nonsense, nonsense and insults, "- said the director of RIA Novosti. "There will be a film, everyone will look at it, and then only its discussion will be possible."

The film's producer, Alexander Dostman, also believes: "People who have not seen the film, and nobody saw it except the working group, can not make any conclusions - it's ridiculous, a comic book is some kind of amazing stupidity. And the amazing thing is that everyone goes to Natalia Poklonskaya on occasion, they consider her opinion, I have already ceased to be surprised by her. This is a film about beautiful love. Regardless of Tsar title Nicholas is a man, and do you think the man can not love? ".

According to TASS, Konstantin Dobrynin, the lawyer of the director Alexei Uchitel, appealed to the Ethics Committee of the State Duma of Russia with a complaint about the activities of MP Natalya Poklonskaya, substantiating possible violations of the rules of parliamentary ethics, manifested "in unfounded accusations" of Poklonskaya, as well as "using knowingly false information and calls for illegal actions "against the creators of the film" Matilda ".

When is the premiere?

The premiere is scheduled for October 26, 2017, it will be held at the Mariinsky Theater, where the main heroine of the film Matilda Kshesinskaya performed at the beginning of the 20th century. By the way, the musical producer of the film was art director and general director of the Mariinsky Theater, Valery Gergiev,

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