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Lost Horizon (1937)

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Release Date: Sep 1, 1937 Wide

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It took British author James Hilton six weeks to write his visionary novel Lost Horizon. It took director Frank Capra two years-and half of his home studio Columbia's annual budget-to bring it to the screen. After a lengthy preamble, inviting audiences to imagine their own ideas of Utopia, the film opens on a chaotic scene at a Chinese airfield. As hordes of bandits approach, hundreds of refugees scramble to board the last plane out. Only five people make it: Mildly disenchanted Far Eastern

Aug 31, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Capra's most challenging film is both naive and pleasantly uplifting.

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Boasting great production values, Frank Capra's film is still one of the most cherished fables made during the Depression era.

March 13, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Classic Capra fantasy. Not wholly successful, but essential viewing.

August 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Lost Horizon (1937) is a timeless, widely-acclaimed classic romantic fantasy film that was directed by Frank Capra.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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Buddha Shrugged.
I think the story Gainesburg tells at the end would make a better movie than this one.
December 13, 2010
kenstachnik

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This is my favourtie movie of 1937. It's long, but it's worth it. It has a great story of a group of people who get stranded on an island and discover it's a utopia. I love it.
September 18, 2010
ajv2688

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It's easy to forget that Lost Horizon is a Frank Capra movie. It has very little of the concentrated feel good quality that most of his other movies have. It's definitely a good movie but definitely not his defining work. Sam Jaffe was incredibly frightening as the High Lama. Picture Mason Verger from Hannibal raping Yoda and this guy would be the baby. I don't like how the story seemed to get rushed in the last 15 minutes and just left at that or how some of the more major characters were just kind of cut short with hushed resolution. Even if the movie was fully restored I don't think that could save it. Don't get me wrong, Lost Horizon is still a good movie, just not quintessential Capra.
April 3, 2009
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