Lost Horizon Overview:

Lost Horizon (1937) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Harry Cohn.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by James Hilton published in 1933.

SYNOPSIS

Capra's version of James Hilton's book is as timeless as the inhabitants of his carefully created Shangri-La - and one of his most unusual films. Known for his depictions of the plucky heart of the little people, here Capra takes on a grand vision of a place beyond the reach of war, financial panic, and governments. British diplomat Colman rescues refugees from the revolution in China, and herds them into a plane that heads not for the West but to the top of the world, Tibet. When they crash-land, the part is met with guides and warm clothes for their trip to a beautiful valley of peace and calm where time has virtually stopped. Colman has been selected to take over for the head lama, and, seemingly, for romance with an ethereally beautiful Wyatt. When his buddy (Howard) convinces him to leave, Colman struggles back to England where he is haunted by his reveries of the idyllic valley and Wyatt. He mounts a dangerous expedition to return. The restored video version has 20 minutes of previously excised footage. Thrilling, fantastic entertainment.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).

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Academy Awards 1937 --- Ceremony Number 10 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorH. B. WarnerNominated
Best Art DirectionStephen GoossonWon
Best Film EditingGene Havlick, Gene MilfordWon
Best Music - ScoringColumbia Studio Music Department, Morris Stoloff, head of department (Score by Dimitri Tiomkin)Nominated
Best PictureColumbiaNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

In Defense of the Musical Lost Horizon

By Rick29 on Apr 29, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

A glimpse of Shangri-La. It was a boxoffice bomb and savaged by critics. It barely recouped 25% of its budget, leading the movie industry to label it "The Lost Investment." Time hasn't been kind to it. Rather than becoming a cult film, it has been lambasted in books such as The Fifty Worst Films of... Read full article


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: FRANK CAPRA'S "LOST HORIZON"

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2015 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Frank Capra's wistful 1937 fantasy, Lost Horizon, begins dramatically with a chaotic mob scene at an airfield in war-torn Baskul, China, highlighted by a spectacular explosion and fire. In the midst of the fray, British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is managing the evacuation of 90 Westerne... Read full article


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: FRANK CAPRA'S "LOST HORIZON"

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2015 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Frank Capra's wistful 1937 fantasy Lost Horizon begins dramatically with a chaotic mob scene at an airfield in war-torn Baskul, China, highlighted by a spectacular explosion and fire. In the midst of the fray, British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is managing the evacuation of 90 Westerners... Read full article


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: FRANK CAPRA'S "LOST HORIZON"

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2015 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

Frank Capra's wistful 1937 fantasy, Lost Horizon, begins dramatically with a chaotic mob scene at an airfield in war-torn Baskul, China, highlighted by a spectacular explosion and fire. In the midst of the fray, British diplomat Robert Conway (Ronald Colman) is managing the evacuation of 90 Westerne... Read full article


Lost Horizon (1937)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 14, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Certainly this is not the most well known or the best film of Capra. It is in fact quite different from a lot of his filmography. That is not to say that it is not an enjoyable film about a man who finds a little piece of Utopia called Shangri-La. Ronald Colman was certainly a likable fellow in the ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Robert Conway: Mr. Chang, if you don't mind, I think I'll go on being amazed - in moderation go course...


[a content Conway concluding a romantic interlude with Sondra]
Robert Conway: You know, when we were on that plane, I was fascinated by the way the shadow followed us. That silly shadow! Racing along over mountains and valleys, covering ten times the distance of the plane, and yet always there to greet us... with outstretched arms when we landed. And I've been thinking that, somehow, you're that plane, and I'm that silly shadow. That all my life I've been rushing up and down hills, leaping rivers, crashing over obstacles, never dreaming that one day that beautiful thing in flight would land on this earth and into my arms.


Chang: There is a tribe of porters some 500 miles from here. That is our only contact with the outside world. Every now and again, depending on favorable weather of course, they make the journey.
George Conway: How do we get in touch with them?
Chang: Well, in that respect, you are exceedingly fortunate. We are expecting a shipment from them almost any time now.
Barnard: Just want to do mean by, almost any time now?
Chang: Well, we've been expecting this particular shipment for the past two years...


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Facts about

Columbia first handed over the tattered original film negative to the American Film Institute in 1970.
Designing the numerous elaborate sets took over a year.
Its budget was $1.5 million and the film ultimately cost almost twice as much as that, a sum significantly higher than most of Columbia's other output combined.
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