|A Daughter of the Gods|
William E. Shay
Hal De Forrest
|Music:||Robert Hood Bowers|
J. Roy Hunt
|Editing:||Hettie Grey Baker|
|Distributor:||Fox Film Corporation|
|Released:||17 October 1916|
|Internet Movie Database entry 0006568|
A Daughter of the Gods (1916) is a silent film notorious for featuring Annette Kellerman in the first ever complete nude scene by a major star which occurred during the waterfall sequence. It was filmed by Fox Pictures in Kingston, Jamaica where huge sets were constructed, and directed by Herbert Brenon. An original score was composed for the movie, which was played by an orchestra during each screening and it was considered the most memorable movie score up to that time. No copy of the movie is known to exist. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) is based on the life of Annette Kellerman and the production of the movie A Daughter of the Gods.
A sultan agrees to help an evil witch destroy a mysterious beauty if the witch will bring his young son back to life.
Credited as the first US production to cost $1 million to produce. Great cost was afforded to make a sanitary of mosquito-proofing over a section of Jamaica. Sets consumed 2500oilbbl of plaster, 500oilbbl of cement, 2 million feet of lumber, and 10 tons of paper. Director Herbert Brenon employed 20,000 people during the 8 months of production and used 220000feet of film (over 44 miles) to shoot the picture. William Fox (studio head) was so incensed with the cost of production he removed Herbert Brenon's name from the film, but Brenon sued and won to have his name appear.