Russian TV Cancels Scorcese Film Showing

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1997

A Russian TV station canceled a broadcast of “The Last Temptation of Christ” for a second time Friday after a rally outside its studios by protesters who called the film blasphemous and pornographic.

The independent television station NTV originally tried to show the Martin Scorcese film on the eve of Russian Orthodox Easter last month, but pulled it under pressure from religious organizations and members of parliament.

NTV made a second attempt to show the movie, rescheduling it for late Friday night. But after a protest by several dozen people from the Orthodox Church and political groups outside its offices Friday, station executives yielded to demands to cancel it.

The Pamyat nationalist, patriotic group had announced it could not guarantee “the safe existence of the NTV staff” if the movie were broadcast.

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