We love #FrankCapra #films, so we rented Lost Horizon from #1937. Even the best directors have missteps and part of the problem with this #movie is that it shows it’s age. It suffers from a serious white savior complex, along with some of the baffling misogyny prevalent in older #movies. These issues cloud the good natured message that Capra was intending. The #film is about a British man named Robert Conway that helps some colonials escape from a Chinese uprising. Their pilot is overtaken and they are flown over Tibet. The plane crashes, but the group is saved by people from the mythical city of Shangri-La. It’s a land of peace and prosperity where no one fights or gets sick and people live incredibly long lives. The head Lama is a white Christian priest and he wants Conway to be his replacement. You see, Conway was intentionally brought here. This leads to awkward questions from me, such as, if they are a peaceful group, why did they kill the original pilot? This is never discussed on screen. It’s also disturbing that only a white Christian can create a peaceful society. This whitewashing of Shangri-La is frustrating. The misogyny comes in when discussing men sharing women without even considering what the women would want. Parts of this film have been lost to time, but the soundtrack remains. For the missing parts, they play the audio and show still pictures of the actors. The thing is, the movie is overly long and could’ve used some extra editing. Thirty or forty minutes could be cut and certain character motivations don’t seem to make sense. Conrad’s brother George never gets comfortable in Shangri-La, and that’s fine, but he acts hysterical. The woman he meets there lies to both of them, we’re never told why, and it’s a fatal decision on her part. For how long and drawn out it is, the final ten minutes cram a whole movie’s worth of action (it’s only narrated and not shown). Everything about the movie was strange and downright boring. I like the message of being more peaceful to fellow human beings, but it’s overshadowed by ignorance that excludes other races and cultures and assumes superiority over them.