Wood Nymph (1916)

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Marie Doro, inarguably one of the most beautiful actresses of her era, was the sole raison d'etre for the 1916 Triangle release The Wood Nymph. A satire on "ancient" mythology, the story begins around 1900, as a betrayed and embittered woman (Cora Drew) hides herself away in the forest with her baby daughter Daphne in her arms. Raised in "classical" Greek fashion, the girl spends most of her formative years prancing around the woods in diaphanous robes, communing with nature. At age 16, Daphne sees a man for the first time in her life and imagines that he's the Greek god Apollo. Actually, he's a mere mortal named William Jones (Charles West) who happens to be a close friend of Daphne's father (Frank Campeau) and brother Fred (Wilfred Lucas), who have long wondered whatever became of the girl. Fred later ventures into the woods himself and, not knowing his true relationship to Daphne, falls in love with her from afar. He enters into a fistic battle with Jones over the girl's affections, then spirits her away to a lonely cave. On the verge of "having his way" with Daphne, Fred realizes with startling suddenness that the wood nymph is his own sister. A well-photographed and beautifully color-tinted forest fire sequence highlighted the film.