Forbidden Path (1918)

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This Theda Bara drama was called a "Fox Standard," but it just as well could have been called a "Standard Bara," since it's pretty much interchangeable with most of the other films she was making at the time. Mary Lynde (Bara) is an innocent girl who has grown up in New York's Greenwich Village. One of the artists there, Felix Benavente (Sidney Mason), uses her as model when he paints a portrait of the Madonna for a church. His friend Robert Sinclair (Hugh Thompson) corrupts Mary so that her father (Walter Law) casts her from his home. She goes to live with Sinclair in his mountain lodge, but after the birth of a child, he callously casts her aside. Subsequently, her baby dies and she sinks to the depths of despair. Benavente is commissioned to paint a portrait of "Sin," and when he finds Mary, he once again uses her as the model. And, once more, she runs across Sinclair, who is planning to marry Barbara Reynolds (Florence Martin). To keep their association a secret, Mary forces Sinclair to give her large sums of money by stealing from the bank where he works. Finally she makes him choose between marrying her or being arrested for his theft. He chooses marriage, but at the altar Mary exposes him completely.