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August 11   -   ArtsJournal: music

Russian Censors Clear Controversial Film About Last Tsar

Matilda a sumptuous production about the young Nicholas II's affair with a half-Polish ballerina, has sparked more protests in Russia than any other film since the fall of the USSR. Conservative Orthodox Christians, appalled at the depiction of an illicit (but well-documented) relationship involving a monarch they consider a holy martyr, have been demanding that the film be banned.

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