Sultry Film About Murdered Last Tsar (Saint) Sparks Scandal in Russia
Russian Christians don't want anything to do with new, sexy, scandalous film about Tsar Nicholas II--a saint in the Russian church and a model family man
Matilda, the soon-to-be-released film about Tsar Nicholas II, has been breaking news for a few months in Russia. Christians are scandalized by the “gross lies” about the meek Russian ruler who was canonized as a saint by the Russian Christian Church.
The film, which will be released on October 25th, is about the alleged pre-marital affair between the future Tsar Nicholas II and the prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinska. It is directed by Aleksey Uchitel and is an international project, supported by the Mariiinsky theater.
“‘The biggest historical blockbuster of the year,’ promises to reveal the “‘Secrets of the House of Romanov.’
Russian Christians find this topic particularly offensive because Tsar Nicholas, along with his entire family, has been canonized as saints in the Russian church.
Besides, mounds of historical documents show the perfect marital bliss Nicholas and his wife, Alexandra, enjoyed throughout their 24-year marriage, in spite of the raging political and social turmoil around them. Their tremulous love letters, the unbelievable gentleness of the family’s relationships and their staunch Christian faith inspire Orthodox couples and serve as a model of the “perfect family.”
Meanwhile, the film contrived heartbreaking scenes of a ‘love triangle’ in which Nicholas, both before and after marriage, is melodramatically torn between Matilda and Alexandra-- a gross historical exaggeration that is absolute “slander,” said popular author and bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, after watching the trailer.
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