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Lost Horizon: A Timeless Masterpiece
- Mike D
Frank Capra's Greatest Production, the original budget authorized by Harry Cohn was $1.25 million which at the time (1937) was astronomical ended up at a figure of $2,626,620. This infuriated the studio and ended friendships and ties, but the end result was a timeless masterpiece. Frank Capra spared no expense for this film and he knew that James Hilton's book could be an incredible movie. Sadly, this film is not available in its entirety. Certain scenes have been replaced with stills. The sound for the entire film is complete but there are some "lost" scenes. This is unfortunate but it's just one of those things. It is what it is. I have read James Hilton's book and in many cases I enjoy the book much more than the film, but in this case the film to me is much better than the book. I just love the idea of Shangri-la and it's just as relevant now as it was in 1937. Gold is still very valuable and the world is if anything (besides World War II) in just as bad shape now, if not worse. Ronald Colman delivers a stellar performance and is the perfect fit for the role of Conway. The supporting cast is excellent as well, this is a film that will "shock" you I don't want to spoil any specific scenes but there is one in particular that stands out to me and it's the scene in which George's demise takes place. In summary, Lost Horizon is a must see for anyone who appreciates classic films. Even if you do not, you should still give Lost Horizon a chance. I highly recommend watching this film and hopefully someday the "lost" scenes will be found.
One of Capra's best
- David H.
This magnificent film ranks right up there with "It Happened One Night" and "It's A Wonderful Life" as one of Frank Capra's best. Ronald Coleman heads a fine cast, which along with the writing and direction are outstanding. This movie isn't on TCM that often, but even if one has stay up late to watch it as I did, it is well worth it.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow.....
- Graham Thomas
In my mind, one of the all-time greats. Ronald Coleman is supremely sympathetic in the lead role supported by a group of grade A character actors. This is a magical mystical premise that is at once is logical and believeable and completely fantastic, and highlights a period in history before we knew everything about everything. There is a Shangra-La, somewhere.
- Dashiell Barnes
A stunning fantasy film from Capra. Colman is a British diplomat who along with Mitchell, Howard & Horton are brought to the mystical valley of Shangri-La, where Colman begins a romance with Wyatt. Colman leads an impressive cast, particularly Warner who earned an nomination for his supporting performance. Oscars were given for the films production design & editing, helping to adapt Hilton's story, which was refined into a simple story of peace. An impressive & spectacular film from Capra. I give it a 5/5.
Highly ambitious film
- Mr. Blandings
Capra may have bitten off more than he could chew with this adaptation but the result is still magnificent. Ronald Colman is excellent and his supporting cast, particularly E. Everett Horton and Thomas Mitchell, are superb.
- Mark Sutch
- william gauslow
Modern architecture is on display in this movie. A combination of the Bauhaus and Frank Lloyd Wright. Perhaps Frank Capra thought a new society would have a new architecture.
- william gauslow
Interesting, the only American character is a woman who is a : whiner, cry baby and emotionally out of control. I think Americans will fold like a lawn chair if this recession gets any worse. Those Americans that have already folded are called Teabaggers.
A TRUE CLASSIC
THIS IS AN EXCITING MOVIE.IT IS FULL OF ADVENTURE.I AM GLAD THAT IT HAS BEEN RESTORED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO SEE.IT IS A BRILLANT SCREENPLAY.RONALD COLEMAN IS GREAT IN THE LEAD ROLE.IT IS A TRUE CLASSIC.
Paradise on Earth
A very interesting and intriguing film. A fantastic screenplay in which I think is ahead of it's time. A plane goes down in the Tibetten Mountains and the passengers are led to a valley of paradise. Thomas Mitchell , a great character acter, makes this film a magical experience. Lost Horizon becomes a new beginnig for Ronald Colman's character. A great film that stands the test of time.
My favorite of all movies
- Phoebe Folse
I'm a Ronald Colman fan, and the story is inspiring. American history showes even a President had someone look for Shangri-La....as well as other Countries
- Deborah McEvoy-Davis
Such a great, moving and magical story - a believeable fantasy! Does what a fine picture should - entertain and sow seeds of wonder. And Ronald Coleman too! It doesn't get better than this.
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
Fine cast, led by Ronald Colman, in this Frank Capra fantasy adventure. So much better than the 1973 remake!