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22nd Oct '12 11:31:06 PM Vios
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* ''VideoGame/LostHorizon'', an unrelated 2010 video game
14th Mar '12 9:53:29 PM PaulA
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[[redirect:Literature/LostHorizon]]''Lost Horizon'' may refer to:

* ''Literature/LostHorizon'', the 1933 novel by James Hilton
* ''Film/LostHorizon'', the 1937 film adaptation of the novel
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14th Mar '12 5:40:34 PM blackcat
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14th Mar '12 5:40:22 PM blackcat
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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.

The novel ''LostHorizon'' was written in 1933 by British author James Hilton of GoodbyeMrChips fame. It was filmed by FrankCapra in 1937, and again in 1973 as a spectacular star-studded musical flop.

Not to be confused with the power metal band with the same name.
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!!This novel provides examples of:

* {{Aesop}}: The novel warns of an impending World War.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Averted- you live long and age proportionaly in Shangri-La.
* TheChosenOne: In both the film and the book, Conway was specially selected to go to Shangri-La, and the other passengers were considered wonderful, accidental additions to the lamasery who all (excepting Mallinson) found reasons to be happy there.
* DevelopmentHell: More like post-production Hell for the film. The production went swimmingly but it turned out to be six hours long. Eventually it was cut down to feature-length after several test screenings.
* HiddenElfVillage: Shangri-La
* HurtingHero: Conway the protagonist
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The book is written by someone who heard the story from Conrad.
* MacGuffinLocation
* MightyWhitey: Featuring a modern MightyWhitey in the 1930s, when the old-fashioned version was still in vogue. The mostly Chinese and Tibetan monks there prove themselves to be wise, intelligent, competent, and well-rounded characters. However, the white Conway turns out to be better at being a monk than the best of the Tibetans, and it turns out that [[spoiler: the founder and leader of the monastery is a European who arrived in the 15th century]].
* MissingEpisode: The 1937 film had a running time of 132 minutes in its first release. When restored in 1973, only 125 minutes of film could be found, but they did have the entire soundtrack. The restored version shows publicity photos and stills in place of the missing film elements.
* NoImmortalInertia
* RapidAging: [[spoiler: this may be Lo-Tsen's fate]]
* TheRedStapler: Shangri-La and what it represents longing for a faraway place of beauty, spiritual replenishment, and supernatural longevity stuck around. When Tibet realized that heavy logging of their old-growth forests was causing disastrous floods, they turned to tourism, found that it paid really well, and renovated a village, renaming it Shangri-La.
* ShamgriLa: The novel is the trope namer.
* StockFootage: Shots of the plane flying over the Himalayas in the 1973 version were later used for the TravelMontage in ''[[IndianaJones Raiders Of The Lost Ark]]''.
** The 1937 film also borrowed a few shots of snowy mountain peaks from a documentary to make it more realistic.
* {{Utopia}}: Shangri-La

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[[quoteright:280:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lost_Horizon_1124.png]]
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.

The novel ''LostHorizon'' was written in 1933 by British author James Hilton of GoodbyeMrChips fame. It was filmed by FrankCapra in 1937, and again in 1973 as a spectacular star-studded musical flop.

Not to be confused with the power metal band with the same name.
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!!This novel provides examples of:

* {{Aesop}}: The novel warns of an impending World War.
* AgeWithoutYouth: Averted- you live long and age proportionaly in Shangri-La.
* TheChosenOne: In both the film and the book, Conway was specially selected to go to Shangri-La, and the other passengers were considered wonderful, accidental additions to the lamasery who all (excepting Mallinson) found reasons to be happy there.
* DevelopmentHell: More like post-production Hell for the film. The production went swimmingly but it turned out to be six hours long. Eventually it was cut down to feature-length after several test screenings.
* HiddenElfVillage: Shangri-La
* HurtingHero: Conway the protagonist
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The book is written by someone who heard the story from Conrad.
* MacGuffinLocation
* MightyWhitey: Featuring a modern MightyWhitey in the 1930s, when the old-fashioned version was still in vogue. The mostly Chinese and Tibetan monks there prove themselves to be wise, intelligent, competent, and well-rounded characters. However, the white Conway turns out to be better at being a monk than the best of the Tibetans, and it turns out that [[spoiler: the founder and leader of the monastery is a European who arrived in the 15th century]].
* MissingEpisode: The 1937 film had a running time of 132 minutes in its first release. When restored in 1973, only 125 minutes of film could be found, but they did have the entire soundtrack. The restored version shows publicity photos and stills in place of the missing film elements.
* NoImmortalInertia
* RapidAging: [[spoiler: this may be Lo-Tsen's fate]]
* TheRedStapler: Shangri-La and what it represents longing for a faraway place of beauty, spiritual replenishment, and supernatural longevity stuck around. When Tibet realized that heavy logging of their old-growth forests was causing disastrous floods, they turned to tourism, found that it paid really well, and renovated a village, renaming it Shangri-La.
* ShamgriLa: The novel is the trope namer.
* StockFootage: Shots of the plane flying over the Himalayas in the 1973 version were later used for the TravelMontage in ''[[IndianaJones Raiders Of The Lost Ark]]''.
** The 1937 film also borrowed a few shots of snowy mountain peaks from a documentary to make it more realistic.
* {{Utopia}}: Shangri-La

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23rd Jan '12 7:30:27 PM DeathOfDeath0134
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* TheChosenOne: In the film Conway has been specially selected to go to Shangri-La, but in the book they've all been picked at random but it eventually transpires that they all have their reasons for being there.

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* TheChosenOne: In both the film and the book, Conway has been was specially selected to go to Shangri-La, but in and the book they've other passengers were considered wonderful, accidental additions to the lamasery who all been picked at random but it eventually transpires that they all have their (excepting Mallinson) found reasons for being to be happy there.
29th Nov '11 5:11:01 PM butterflygrrl
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* ValuesDissonance: In the film, the Wise Man describes the civility of their society, and how terribly rude it would be to express interest in a woman that another man wanted... unless you wanted her ''desperately'', in which case he would of course yield her to you. The woman's opinion is apparently irrelevant.

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* ValuesDissonance: In the film, the Wise Man describes the civility of their society, and how terribly rude it would be to express interest in a woman that another man wanted... unless you wanted her ''desperately'', in which case he would of course yield her to you. The woman's opinion is apparently irrelevant.
29th Nov '11 5:10:44 PM butterflygrrl
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* ValuesDissonance: In the film, the Wise Man describes the civility of their society, and how terribly rude it would be to express interest in a woman that another man wanted... unless you wanted her ''desperately'', in which case he would of course yield her to you. The woman's opinion is apparently irrelevant.
20th Sep '11 11:03:59 PM blackcat
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* RapidAging: [[spoiler: this may be Lo-Tsen's fate]]
8th Aug '11 6:16:32 AM suedenim
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The novel ''LostHorizon'' was written in 1933 by British author James Hilton of GoodbyeMrChips fame. It was filmed by FrankCapra in 1937, and again by somebody you've never heard of in 1973.

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The novel ''LostHorizon'' was written in 1933 by British author James Hilton of GoodbyeMrChips fame. It was filmed by FrankCapra in 1937, and again by somebody you've never heard of in 1973.1973 as a spectacular star-studded musical flop.
8th Aug '11 6:12:56 AM suedenim
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* MissingEpisode: The 1937 film had a running time of 132 minutes in its first release. When restored in 1973, only 125 minutes of film could be found, but they did have the entire soundtrack. The restored version shows publicity photos and stills in place of the missing film elements.
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