LOST HORIZON (1937)
MY REVIEW: This was my first time seeing this. Considering this film is 80 years old, I expected it to be a little slow and old-fashioned...it was; not bad though, had some exciting parts through the beginning segments and again nearing the end.
Lost Horizon poses the central question: If you could choose to live in a place like Shangri-La, without the annoyances of daily life concerns, where you could be content and happy and live a long life, would you choose such a life or would you choose modern civilization with all its day-to-day stresses, promises of helpful conveniences, but with threats of global war, etc... These are the issues the characters of the film have to deal with after their hijacked plane crash lands high in the mountains of Tibet. Do they stay in Shangri-La or attempt the extremely difficult journey through narrow snow-filled passes and near-vertical drop-offs into oblivion, in an effort to return to "civilization."
I mostly enjoyed it. Whether or not you would like this film probably depends on your tolerance for older movies. I never found it boring, and at times it was interesting to look at. Shangri-La itself, as presented, was a special place with its unique architecture, lamasery, gardens, all protected from the weather by mountains on all sides.
About six minutes of the original badly deteriorated nitrate print of the film were never found and are represented here in this restored 80th Anniversary edition with freeze frame images from the film and production still photographs, but with the complete 132-minute soundtrack with all the dialogue, intact. So it never feels like you are taken out of the film by the short missing film pieces.
"Here's my hope that we all find our Shangri-La."