In den Fesseln von Shangri-La (1937)

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In den Fesseln von Shangri-La: Directed by Frank Capra. With Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard. When a wise diplomat’s plane crashes in the snows of Tibet, he and the other survivors are guided to Shangri-La, where they wrestle with the invitation to stay.

“u0026quot;I believe it because I want to believe itu0026quot;. This one line speaks volumes about what the movie (and the original novel) was trying to say. The concept of Shangri-La, a place where people work and live in peaceful harmony, is as relevant today as it was in the post-World War I era that James Hilton wrote u0026#39;Lost Horizonu0026#39;, where the world was still in turmoil following a devastating war and another was on its way.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn these days of war, humanitarian devastation and disease, how many people are there who dream of getting away from it all and living out their lives in a remote paradise just like Shangri-La? The High Lamau0026#39;s words to Conway resonate strongly even today.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;Look at the world today. Is there anything more pitiful? What madness there is! What blindness! What unintelligent leadership! A scurrying mass of bewildered humanity, crashing headlong against each other, propelled by an orgy of greed and brutality.u0026quot; On a more cinematographic note, the movie is visually stunning in an age before CGI and astronomical budgets. The beauty of Shangri-La, the stunning mountain landscapes and the overall settings of the movie make us believe that such a wonderful place can exist. All the actors are commendable in their portrayals (though some characters are different to those in the original novel) and their interaction with each other add a real sparkle to the movie.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026#39;Lost Horizonu0026#39; is a beautiful adaptation of James Hiltonu0026#39;s masterpiece and captures the very feeling of the novel and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping from the hectic world in which we live.”


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