Academy Awards 1937 -
Best Interior Decoration (b&w)
Los Angeles Times - 06/28/1986
"...LOST HORIZON has become one of the most beloved films of that most beloved of directors, Frank Capra....LOST HORIZON remains timeless in its essential appeal..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2001
"...A truly startling experience..."
Empire - 03/01/2011
"Seen today, LOST HORIZON reveals itself as a strange, beguiling gem of a film..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Ronald Colman and Jane Wyatt star in this lavishly produced classic about the enchanted paradise of Shangri-La where time stands still. Frank Capra's enduring masterpiece, Lost Horizon (based on the best-selling novel by James Hilton) had a running time of 132 minutes upon its initial release in 1937. For a World War II re-issue, 24 minutes were cut to tone down the film's pacifist message. Film preservationist Robert Gitt, working over a period of twenty-five years, has utilized footage found all over the world to restore a number of missing scenes. With extraordinary art direction, the set of Shangri-La is considered the largest ever built in Hollywood - winning designer Stephen Goosson a 1937 Academy Award (Lost Horizon won two Oscars: Art Direction - Set Direction and Film Editing). Furthermore, the budget for the picture was staggering and cost almost four times the amount of any Columbia film at the time; an equivalent cost of approximately $30-$40 million today. Lost Horizon is considered an exception among Capra's work for its deviation from his usual upbeat "American" theme - and continues to capture the imagination of the viewing public today.
Frank Capra's timeless masterpiece is fully restored. Based on James Hilton's book, five people stumble upon an idyllic valley in the Himalayas called Shangri-La, where peace abounds and time has virtually stopped. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: Best Film Editing, Best Interior Decoration.
The classic film adaptation of James Hilton's romantic novel of a paradise found... and almost lost forever. Revolution has broken out in China, and English diplomat Robert Conway and his brother George help to evacuate British citizens from the danger zone. But on their way home, gunmen hijack their plane and take them off course; they finally crash in the mountains of Tibet. To the survivors' surprise, a rescue team approaches and leads them into the land of Shangri-La. Robert Conway discovers that the country, established nearly two centuries ago, has magic qualities; within its borders people may survive for hundreds of years, and live in peace and harmony with each other and the world. For Robert, Shangri-La is everything he ever dreamed of -- but his brother wants only to leave. Should he stay, and desert his brother... or go, and never see Shangri-La again'