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  1. Ethan's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    This is one of Frank Capra's best films and is not as lauded over as his more acceptable comedies about the American way of life. Barbara Stanwyck gives an incredible performance in this heartbreakingly erotic film that is packed with intensity.

  2. Aida's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    racial hyperbole in the service of a film of astounding sensitivity and intellectual integrity. a dialectic of rationality and romanticism, godlessness and faith - but by what or whom are these contrasting points of view truly represented? we're left to stew in a state of abjection, depression, and irresolution, though with a synthesized romance both indelicate and poetic, crude and beautiful

  3. Kuja's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Barbara, dear, for your marvelous acting in this film I forgive you for being a trashy Republican and follower of the Objectivist Movement. Transforming the general into Nosferatu within an erotic dream is perhaps one of the best revelations of Capra.

  4. Erik F.'s rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

  5. El Biffo's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    "You could cram a lifetime into an hour." Capra crams a lifetime into 88 minutes. I couldn't take my eyes off Stanwyck, the photography, and the impeccable set designs. And the penultimate scene had me in tears.

  6. tintinmugshot's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Fantastic b&w photograph, exotic and a great journey to China. Nils Asther is incorruptible.

  7. Victor Gonzalez's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Exotic, dark, lesser known Capra film. Superlative Barbara Stanwyck.

  8. P Teddy Sawyer's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    sublime art-direction and some unexpectedly dramatic large scale action scenes, set in a remote historical landscape.

  9. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Despite the standard casting misstep from this era (the more things change, the more they stay the same), and despite the flawed execution (no pun intended), I really rather enjoyed this old-fashioned and comfortable melodrama.

  10. moniquekidman's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Racist nonsense but Stanwyck is absolutely fabulous as always. The pre-Code moral ambiguity and narrative solemnity, especially in the ending, create an interesting complexity, however.

  11. Superfrog's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Semi captive woman with different morals gets to respect her captor. Schematic hence shallow in the moral analysis. The screenplay is not all that enjoyable to me.

  12. Thomas Dods's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Stunning black and white photography and an engrossing relationship between Yen and his captive. The accountant is such a "capitalist" that this is clearly a Capra film, despite the Chinese setting.

  13. Natty's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    bordering on dodgy at times but i really enjoyed this.

  14. FISCHER's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Une sympathique et séduisante réalisation du divin Frank Capra, oscillant entre aventures exotiques et mélodrame flamboyant ! www.cinefiches.com

  15. SpacePirate's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    An excellent Capra film, one of his less remembered masterpieces, up there with American Madness in that regard. This one almost has a feel of Sternberg as mentioned by others or even Murnau at times. The plot is interesting, but its carried by the great performances by Stanwyck and co and the general moody atmosphere. A gem from the pre-Code, worth seeking out for sure. 4.5 stars

  16. Howard Fritzson's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    4.5 stars. Elegantly subversive. Tip top performances from all. Capra's best film and absolutely gorgeous to look upon.

  17. Luis Pires's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Silly representation of the Chinese people.

  18. matelot's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

  19. waywardwaters's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Monumental Chinxploitation of mythic proportions, this elaborate troll, via lens of Occidental Christianity against itself (Yen as ultimate romantic martyr) borders quasi-excessive amidst its skins of racial irony. Trolldom in using intricately sensual ornamentation, of demure psychosexuality in miscegenetic exotica, to eventually expose a most delicate true love brings about an interwoven complexity unprecedented.

  20. Illusion Travels By Streetcar's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    "Powerful naivete." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/11/episode-38-frank-caprabarbara-stanwyck.html

  21. msmichel's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Lesser known Capra film starring Barbara Stanwyck as a missionary taken by a Chinese warlord who finds herself being 'converted' by him instead. Stanwyck is great in this atmospheric and engaging drama but it's Nils Asther , who regardless of the discriminatory hiring policies of the studios at the time, who carries the film portraying the title role. Very well written script with memorable camera work by J. Walker.

  22. Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

  23. Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

    Exquisitely romantic. A puritan of New England in love with a Chinese war lord. Exquisitely deviant. Highly recommended.

  24. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film The Bitter Tea of General Yen

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