Historical truth about “Matilda”: 7 main differences with reality
Playboy has gathered historical facts and told the truth about the infamous “Matilda”.
Recently in a large rolling out the film by Alexei Uchitel “Matilda”. The painting not only became a sensation even before the show, but also attracted attention to the history of relations of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II and prima-ballerina of the Mariinsky theatre Mathilda Kshesinskaya.
The film’s plot starts from the moment of acquaintance of the crown Prince and dancers in 1890 and ends with the coronation of Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna in 1896. For historical accuracy, the Director did not claim, but we decided to bring some clarity to the course of history.
Nicholas II when Kschessinska was only twenty-one. But on the screen we see an actor, who is clearly more than thirty years. This can be a feeling that between the main characters played by adult feelings, but it’s not. In his twenty-the crown Prince was fond of balls and learning, he was interested in the struggle for the throne, but he studied diligently from his father and began training to become a good successor.
Officer of the Imperial army, count Vorontsov, the hero of Danila Kozlovsky — non-existent character. In the story, blinded by love to the ballerina and driven to madness by the officer was a threat to the first heir to the Russian throne. But none of the diaries of Nicholas or Matilda he was not mentioned, and therefore in the history of their relationship Vorontsov had nothing to do, it’s a fiction Director.
Maria Fyodorovna, mother of Nicholas II, was opposed to the marriage of Nicholas and Alix. She thought German is not the best Princess party for your son. This is evidenced by the correspondence of the Empress younger brother of Nicholas II, George Alexandrovich. However, in the film the attitude of Maria Feodorovna the daughter-in-law was the opposite, she was actively involved in the unity of the Union and called for their speedy wedding.
In “Matilda” recreated the Imperial train crash in Borki, EN route from Crimea to Saint Petersburg. According to the official version, due to the poor condition of the railway and the high speed of 10 cars of a train derailed. After the incident, Alexander III was very sick and was taken away in the second half, the village, located in a picturesque corner of southern coast of Crimea. There is also the Emperor and died. In the film, you can watch the scene of the meeting of Mathilde Kschessinska’s father, Nicholas, who is struggling with illness, being with family, being already in a wheelchair. This could not be, because physically, the Emperor was very far from the Palace.
After meeting with Matilda, Nicholas went round the world trip. The main points of his stops was in Cairo, Bombay, Calcutta, Ceylon, Singapore, Saigon, Tokyo and Kyoto. Matilda also on the movements of the future Emperor learned from the Newspapers. Longing in separation, she became interested in drawing and wanted to write a portrait of Nicholas, but was unable to finish his painting. Lovers sent letters to each other — it was a very romantic part of their relationship. Sorry, about the events in the film does not say a word.
The chief of secret police from blackmailing Matilda Kshesinskaya and didn’t break into her apartment conducting a search. All letters from Nicholas Matilda kept. They were not the cause of her humiliation and was not the subject of unrest for the Imperial family. At the request of more than a ballerina just disappeared from the country after 1895, not appearing at the wedding of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.
Have distorted the historical truth and the line of conduct Alexandra Feodorovna, which on the screen was insecure, anxious, easily suggestible woman. In the film, she turned to the healers and seers, made with them the rites and consulted in matters of personal life. In fact, the future Empress was not a supporter of alternative medicine and esoterics at least, before the birth of the Cesarevitch Alexei Nikolaevich.
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