Polish actress Michalina Olszanska (Matilda Kshesinskaya) in a scene from “Matilda.”
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A film about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina had its Moscow premiere Tuesday, despite sparking outrage among some Russians – expressed through pickets, arson and Molotov cocktails hurled at a movie studio.Said to be closer to melodrama than history or biography, the film loosely follows the story of the czar's infatuation with prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya. Most Russians accept that the affair happened but they claim the film depiction is distorted and vulgar.A few hours before the premiere, Uchitel said getting the movie projected was an achievement.What upsets Uchitel most is that the protests started after the first trailer's release, months before the film itself would be seen.The lawmaker thinks Uchitel should be accountable to Russian taxpayers who might be offended by the film.
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