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Lost Horizon

  Lost Horizon   Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
9.23 /10
Ronald Colman , H.B. Warner , Thomas Mitchell
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Directed by: Frank Capra
Written by: Robert Riskin from James Hilton's novel

Released: 1937
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 118


A western man (Ronald Colman) encounters an alien civilization and discovers the deficiencies of his own.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The sets are Hollywood kitsch - which did not prevent art director Stephen Goosson from winning an Oscar - and the philosophical discussions are tiresomely long-winded, but Frank Capra’s parable remains pictorially impressive, movingly sincere in its message, and one of the great fantasies of the Thirties. Luminous performances by Ronald Colman, Sam Jaffe, H.B Warner and Jane Wyatt are augmented by Joseph Walker's black-and-white photography, Ern Westmore’s make-up and Dimitri Tiomkin’s tremendous score. The excellent, Oscar-winning editing is by Gene Havlick and Gene Milford. Despite some scathing reviews, it was ranked Number 4 on the annual Film Daily poll of US film critics (after The Life of Emile Zola, The Good Earth and Captains Courageous).

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