My Madonna (1915)

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Billed as "Madame Petrova," actress Olga Petrova once more collaborated with her favorite director Alice Guy Blache for the five-reel Metro drama My Madonna. Inspired by a Robert W. Service poem, the story concerns a Parisian demimonde named Lucille (Petrova) who becomes the model of an aspiring artist named Robert (Guy Coombs). Falling in love with Robert, Lucille endeavors to spare him disappointment by secretly buying his "unsaleable" paintings. Luck of luck, one of his portraits of Lucille, "My Madonna," wins first prize in an art contest. Ecstatic over this sudden gust of good fortune, Robert marries Lucille. Eventually, however, success goes to his head, and he decides to divest himself of his wife, feeling that her questionable past will hold back his future. Cutting her losses, Lucille devotes herself to charitable work, while a villainous former suitor stands on the sidelines, hoping to have a second chance at her. The villain is subsequently murdered, and Robert is held responsible. At Robert's trial, Lucille once again comes to his rescue by claiming that she is the murderer.