The Bitter Tea of General Yen
In Frank Capra’s 1932 drama, Stanwyck plays a missionary in China who’s rescued by a war lord.
Dir Frank Capra
With Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Gavin Gordon, Toshia Mori
In Capra’s artiest movie, Stanwyck plays a missionary in China who’s rescued during a Civil War incident by a local warlord (Swedish actor Asther, heavily made up), who soon falls in love with her. Still controversial – this is an early attempt to deal sympathetically with interracial sexual attraction – The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a heady brew of boldly exotic eroticism that’s both strange and sensuously cinematic.