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Russian movie chain won't show film about czar's love affair

September 12, 2017 - 12:34 PM

MOSCOW - Russia's largest operator of movie theatres says it has decided not to screen a film about the love affair between Russia's last czar and a ballerina because of safety concerns in the wake of arson attacks.

The film, "Matilda," has drawn harsh criticism from hard-line nationalists and some Russian Orthodox believers. The Russian Orthodox Church venerates Czar Nicholas II as a saint.

Russian news agencies quoted cinema chain director Roman Linin saying in announcing the decision: "The security of our viewers remains a priority for us." The chain operated by Formula Kino and Cinema Park theatres has 75 theatres.

The announcement came one day after two cars were set on fire outside the office of the attorney for director Alexei Uchitel. In August, assailants tried to set fire to Uchitel's studio.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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