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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Joanna Lee, Ken Smith, Ron Simon
Fri, January 31st, 2020 | 7:00 pm


Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable filmmakers, writers, legal scholars, and historians. Explore how film has tackled social strife, morality, and the perennial struggle between right and wrong—conflicts that manifest across cultures and history.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
A powerful general and the young woman he rescues cope with their growing attraction to one another as the Chinese Civil War rages around them. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, Walter Connolly. 87 min.


Joanna Lee is an author and also serves as a presenter, moderator, and interpreter at the annual Hong Kong International Film Festival. Ken Smith is a music critic, author, and journalist. They are the co-founders and co-authors of the book series Pocket Chinese Classics. Ron Simon is curator of television and radio at the Paley Center for Media.


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6–8 pm). No advance reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society Members receive priority.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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