Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1937. Columbia Pictures Corporation. Screenplay by Robert Riskin, from a novel by James Hilton. Cinematography by Joseph Walker. Produced by Frank Capra. Music by Dimitri Tiomkin. Production Design by Stephen Goosson. Costume Design by Ernest Dryden. Film Editing by Gene Havlick, Gene Milford. Academy Awards 1937.
Ronald Colman and crew think it’s over for them when their plane crashes in the snowy Himalayas and they are continents away from known civilization. What they’re about to find out is that just around the bend is a mysteriously beautiful city called Shangri-La, a place whose residents don’t age and who live a peaceful, commune-like existence. Colman is immediately befriended by its residents and asked to be a key player in their political future, but doubts are imminent: are these people who they say they are, or is it one big fantasy that they’ve duped themselves into believing? Awe-inspiring sets and great acting abound in this marvelous science-fiction film.