The Triumph of Venus (1918)

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The title of this film is not merely symbolic: The heroine is, indeed, the "real" Venus, and a goodly portion of the story takes place in Ancient Greece. The film begins as Venus (Betty Lee), goddess of love, falls for a "mortal" sculptor (William Sherwood), who pays for his blasphemy when he is shot full of arrows by Venus' rival Diana (Phyllis Beveridge). Flash-forward about seventeen years: Nea (Grace Hamel), the half-human daughter of Venus, falls in love with another mortal, a fisherman named Pannas (Hassan Mussali). Once again, Diana tries to sabotage the romance, but this time Venus manages to get the OK from Jove (John Fedris) to bestow immortality on her future son-in-law. In standard Hollywood fashion, the film's well-endowed goddesses and nymphets were shown in various states of undress, thereby attracting viewers who would otherwise avoid a film about Greek Mythology like the plague.