YMMV / Lost Horizon

  • Values Dissonance:
    • 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.
    • In the book the conversation goes like this: It would be rude to express interest in a woman involved with another. What if you want her so much you don't care about courtesy? In that case it would be polite for the others concerned - including the woman - to humor you.
  • Vindicated by History: Frank Capra's film was a critical and box-office dud in 1937, but its reputation has grown immensely over time.