All those disappointments were the perfect thing because if I’d gotten one of those parts I’d auditioned for, I would probably still be on some TV series today. I wouldn’t have had the freedom to pursue the things I’ve been able to do over the past few years.
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) is the only art film Barbara Stanwyck has ever made, and it’s interesting to see how her presence fits into one. The picture is “art” in its execution as well as in its experimental theme. It is visually a tapestry. And Frank Capra and Joseph Walker weave her into it by bathing her in sensuous lighting, ritual and music. As an objet d´art she is most satisfying.