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戴妃车祸纪录片引争议 即将在戛纳上映
Princess Diana death film stirs up Cannes festival

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戴妃车祸纪录片引争议 即将在戛纳上映

A documentary film that features a paparazzi photograph of Princess Diana dying after a car crash in Paris in 1997 has stirred controversy, three days before it is shown to the media and potential buyers in Cannes.

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A documentary film that features a paparazzi photograph of Princess Diana dying after a car crash in Paris in 1997 has stirred controversy, three days before it is shown to the media and potential buyers in Cannes.

"Unlawful Killing," directed by British actor Keith Allen and backed by Mohamed al-Fayed, whose son Dodi died with Diana, is due to be screened at the Cannes film festival on Friday.

A spokesman for the film's backers sought to play down the significance of the controversial image being aired, after a friend of Princess Diana expressed anger at the movie.

"The picture has been published in full before, in many parts of the world," the spokesman said in an email to Reuters.

"We acquired the image from an Italian magazine, which had already published it in full. It is also widely available on the web. Only in Britain did the press choose to black out her face.

"Our film is not being shown in the UK and the trailer is only viewable in the UK on the official movie website. We are therefore not publishing anything that the rest of the world has not already seen elsewhere."

But friends of the princess, whose death marked a low point in the British monarchy's popularity with the public, reacted angrily.

"If this is true this is absolutely disgusting," said Rosa Monckton, who went on holiday with Diana a few weeks before she died.

"The fact people are trying to make money -- which is all that they are doing now -- out of her death is quite frankly ... words fail me," she told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper on Tuesday.

The movie aims to prove that a 2007/8 inquest into Diana's death was a cover-up by the "establishment" and "dark forces," according to a statement from the film makers.

Fayed has long maintained that the couple was killed on the orders of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip. Fayed believes the royal family could not bear the idea of Diana marrying a Muslim.

Major investigations by French and British police have concluded the deaths were a tragic accident caused by a speeding chauffeur, who was found to be drunk. They both have rejected Fayed's conspiracy theories.

(Read by Nelly Min. Nelly Min is a journalist at the China Daily Website.)
















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paparazzi: a photographer who follows famous people around in order to get interesting photographs of them to sell to a newspaper(猎奇名流的摄影记者;狗仔队)

play down: 减低……的重要性;贬低;淡化

black out: 使(某处)变黑暗

trailer: a series of short scenes from a film/movie or television programme, shown in advance to advertise it (电影或电视节目的)预告片

inquest: an official investigation to find out the cause of somebody's death, especially when it has not happened naturally(死因审理;验尸;勘验)

establishment: the people in a society or a profession who have influence and power and who usually do not support change (通常反对变革的)当权派,权势集团;(统称)权威人士

maintain: to keep stating that something is true, even though other people do not agree or do not believe it(坚持意见;固执己见)

chauffeur: a person whose job is to drive a car, especially for somebody rich or important (尤指富人或要人的)司机

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