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Diana movie poster pulled down

Agencies  New Delhi, October 03, 2013
First Published: 15:02 IST(3/10/2013) | Last Updated: 15:16 IST(3/10/2013)

A poster of Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana was taken down after an outrage over its placement in Paris. The image, featuring actress Naomi Watts, was on display outside a metro station where the Princess of Wales was killed in a car accident along with her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, in 1997.

According to Huffington Post, the poster was placed just outside the Alma-Marceau, across from The Flame of Liberty statue, a 1987 installation that was turned into a memorial for the princess after her death.

One of Diana's trusted confidants, Rosa Monckton, is deeply upset over the publicity. "To have made a film so speculative and as this is disgusting enough, but to then advertise it on the spot at which she died is despicable," she told the Daily Mail.

The film's French distributor Le Pacte removed the poster after an uproar in the British media over its placement, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term 'car crash cinema.' But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death," Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw said.

The biopic focuses on the last two years of her life when she was in a relationship with Dr Hasnat Khan, a Pakistani heart surgeon.

The movie received poor reviews in Britain and will open on Wednesday in France.

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