Screen Test of Time, Ep. 70: Lost Horizon
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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The first Frank Capra movie we haven't been immediately sure should have won the year, Lost Horizon is never the less still leading the pack for 1937. (Of course, that’s not saying much, since the only other nominee our hosts have seen so far is the dreadful Good Earth.) Ronald Coleman gives a great performance in the original Shangri-La story, though it’s not as tight or profound as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, as clever as It Happened One Night, or as quirky and heartwarming as Lady for a Day, but one thing’s for sure: it’s definitely a movie, cause Capra doesn’t know how to make anything that’s not.
Year Eligible: 1937 (Nominated)
Additional audio from Lost Horizon (1937)