History Film / LostHorizon

15th Feb '16 11:49:05 AM jamespolk
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''Lost Horizon'' is a 1937 film by Creator/FrankCapra, based on [[Literature/LostHorizon the novel of the same name]] by British author James Hilton (of ''Film/GoodbyeMrChips'' fame).

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''Lost Horizon'' is a 1937 film by Creator/FrankCapra, starring Creator/RonaldColman, based on [[Literature/LostHorizon the novel of the same name]] by British author James Hilton (of ''Film/GoodbyeMrChips'' fame).
29th Mar '15 2:09:25 PM Sapphirea2
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* HairTriggerAvalanche: Both versions have this in the final stretch as Richard, George and Maria try to return to TheOutsideWorld.
** In the 1937 film, it is caused by the porters playfully fooling around with the brothers' guns and shooting them off.
** In the 1973 film, because they're busy helping Maria, who is too weak to walk (in hindsight, she's RapidAging) the brothers fall behind the porters and call out to them to stop. ''Oops.''



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29th Mar '15 2:03:26 PM Sapphirea2
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* DuetOfDifferences: "The Things I Will Not Miss" crosses this trope with IWantSong for Sally and Maria, who agree to disagree about what they want out of life. The chorus even features the phrase "Different people look at life from different points of view".
29th Mar '15 1:59:05 PM Sapphirea2
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* GrassIsGreener: Inverted for Maria, who wants to leave peaceful, contented, simple Shangri-La for the glamorous, exciting [[TheOutsideWorld outside world]] (this is thanks in part to her conversations with George). Sally warns her that though there are some nice things out there, there's also war, corruption, etc.; this leads into "The Things I Will Not Miss".
29th Mar '15 1:51:51 PM Sapphirea2
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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Sam isn't upfront about who he is to his fellow travelers. After some time in Shangri-La he admits to Sally that he was, once, a notorious corporate bigwig whose business dealings eventually collapsed around him. He's spent his life as a fugitive since his downfall, no longer having any purpose in his life except perhaps rebuilding his fortune. With Sally's encouragement and love, however, he turns his original talent for engineering towards improving life for the people of Shangri-La (he designs an irrigation system for their crops), and finds true fulfillment.
28th Mar '15 4:04:34 PM Sapphirea2
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* CrowdSong: Several -- "The World Is a Circle", "Living Together, Growing Together", and "Question Me an Answer" once the kids join in.
28th Mar '15 4:03:08 PM Sapphirea2
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* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Mostly Alternate Universe. Not counting the TitleThemeTune performed by an offscreen singer, there are no musical numbers in the opening and closing stretches of the film, which are set in TheOutsideWorld. Only in Shangri-La do characters sing. There are two Diegetic numbers in Shangri-La, "Share the Joy" and "Living Together, Growing Together".

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* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Mostly Alternate Universe. Not counting the TitleThemeTune performed by an offscreen singer, there are no musical numbers in the opening and closing stretches of the film, which are set in TheOutsideWorld. Only in Shangri-La do characters sing. There are also two Diegetic numbers in Shangri-La, "Share the Joy" and "Living Together, Growing Together".Together".
* PluckyComicRelief: Harry, an unsuccessful nightclub entertainer, serves as this among the five travelers. His happy ending is finding a receptive audience for his hijinks in Shangri-La's children.



* WorthlessYellowRocks: There's gold in the streams of Shangri-La that's gone long untouched because it's valueless to the residents. Sam considers taking it for himself and leaving Shangri-La, but the now-enlightened Sally convinces him otherwise.
28th Mar '15 3:51:19 PM Sapphirea2
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* BetaCouple: Sam and Sally have a much easier time falling and being in love than Richard and Catherine -- while the former couple is content to stay in Shangri-La forever, Richard keeps being urged by his brother to leave, which would mean leaving Catherine behind.


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* InterruptedSuicide: Sally (this film's equivalent to Gloria) is a depressed, drug-addicted journalist whose state of mind is not improved by the events of the first act. As everyone is settling into Shangri-La, she reaches a DespairEventHorizon and prepares to jump out of a window into the chasm below, only to be interrupted by Chang, who talks her down. With the lamas' help, she gradually gets better from here.


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* WorthlessYellowRocks: There's gold in the streams of Shangri-La that's gone long untouched because it's valueless to the residents. Sam considers taking it for himself and leaving Shangri-La, but the now-enlightened Sally convinces him otherwise.
28th Mar '15 3:02:53 PM Sapphirea2
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Passengers aboard a small airplane discover that they have been kidnapped by someone posing as their assigned pilot. The plane crashes in the Himalayan mountain range along the border of China. The dying pilot's last words indicate there is a lamasery near by at Shangi-La and they will find help there. The passengers go to the lamasery and uncover a mystery.

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Passengers aboard a small airplane discover that they have been kidnapped by someone posing as their assigned pilot. The plane crashes in the Himalayan mountain range along the border of China. The dying pilot's last words indicate there is a lamasery near by at Shangi-La Shangri-La and they will find help there. The passengers go to the lamasery and uncover a mystery.



When the negative was restored in TheSeventies, it was decayed so badly that [[DeletedScene seven minutes could not be salvaged]]. However, an intact soundtrack was found. The film as it exists today uses still pictures along with dialogue to illustrated those extra seven minutes.

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When the negative of the 1937 film was restored in TheSeventies, it was decayed so badly that [[DeletedScene seven minutes could not be salvaged]]. However, an intact soundtrack was found. The film as it exists today uses still pictures along with dialogue to illustrated illustrate those extra seven minutes.



* TheOutsideWorld: Shangri La is hidden from the rest of the world in the Himalayan mountains. Visitors can come and go (though due to its location very few visit) but natives face a terrible price for leaving.

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* TheOutsideWorld: Shangri La Shangri-La is hidden from the rest of the world in the Himalayan mountains. Visitors can come and go (though due to its location very few visit) but natives face a terrible price for leaving.



* StockFootage: The 1937 film borrowed a few shots of snowy mountain peaks from a documentary to make it more realistic.

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* StockFootage: The 1937 film borrowed a A few shots of snowy mountain peaks from a documentary were used to make it this film more realistic.



* IWantSong: "The Things I Will Not Miss". Sally wants to stay in Shangri-La while Maria wants to see TheOutsideWorld; each is tired of the very things the other wants.



* SettingUpdate: To TheSeventies, which was ThePresentDay at the time. One of the problems that critics had with this version was that merely updating the setting only emphasized ValuesDissonance (such as the MightyWhitey nature of Shangri-La's leadership).



* WelcomeSong: "Share the Joy", the first in-story musical number.

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* WelcomeSong: WelcomingSong: "Share the Joy", the first in-story musical number.
28th Mar '15 2:52:02 PM Sapphirea2
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** In the 1973 film, Chang is played by another Brit, Sir John Gielgud. (The producer wanted Toshiro Mifune, but he turned it down.)

!!The 1973 film adds the following tropes:
* AllMusicalsAreAdaptations
* BookEnds: The TitleThemeTune opens and closes the film.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: Mostly Alternate Universe. Not counting the TitleThemeTune performed by an offscreen singer, there are no musical numbers in the opening and closing stretches of the film, which are set in TheOutsideWorld. Only in Shangri-La do characters sing. There are two Diegetic numbers in Shangri-La, "Share the Joy" and "Living Together, Growing Together".
* TitleThemeTune: The only song in the film's opening quarter, to boot.
* WelcomeSong: "Share the Joy", the first in-story musical number.
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