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Friday, May 18, 2012

"We never really die, we just change."

The title is a quote from the movie "The Bitter Tea of General Yen", (1933). A predictable love story about a Chinese general and an American Missionary, Barbara Stanwyck in a tender role which she plays with a gentleness uncharacteristic of roles cast later in her career.

Aside from the anomaly of Ms. Stanwycks character the film portrays the east/west misinterpretation or misrepresentation that is also true of western culture today, and the assumptions acted upon.

While a word of caution to cultures,  as  a clash  in communication, needs, wants and sensibilities flavor the sets as well as the dialogue there is blossoming of art and nature budding throughout, coloring the black and white with the spring of existence. This film links the chains of DNA as one road everything travels.

Written by Edward E. Paramore Jr. and directed by Frank Capra with an international cast to compliment the theme of everything as one.

When confronting the finality of life a quote like, "We never really die, we just change" is a soothing tea to drink.

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