FILM: The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933, 87 min)

Age Group: Adults & Seniors 

5/27/2014 • 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Clark County location Clark County Library

Room: Main Theater

Set in war-torn Shanghai, this visually stunning melodrama opens as Megan (Stanwyck), the fiancée of a missionary, arrives in China for their marriage. But their plans are interrupted by civil war and she finds herself caught in a riot after visiting an orphanage. General Yen, a Chinese warlord, comes to her rescue and whisks her away to safety in his palace. Megan soon suspects she is not his guest but his prisoner yet she begins to feel a strange attraction to him. The once controversial topic of interracial romance earned this film some notoriety upon its release but Capra considered it a “strangely poetic romance” which was a risky art film for its era.