An original poster for “Lost Horizon”

An original poster for “Lost Horizon”

Next up for Chestnut Hill Film Group’s “Tuesday Nights at the Movies” is the 1937 drama-fantasy “Lost Horizon.”

A veteran diplomat is sent on a mission to rescue a group of British nationals from China. After rescuing the nationals, the diplomat and the civilians escape on the last airplane, but soon discover they are being flown deep into the Himalayas.

They wind up in a secluded mountain valley in Shangri-La, a Tibetan utopia, and it becomes clear they are not there by accident. While at first some feel they are being kept in Shangri-La against their will, they all eventually come to love its beauty and have no intention of leaving, except the diplomat. After learning the secret of Shangri-La and his reasons for being kept there, he plans to escape, however, by that time, it may be too late.

Adapted from the James Hilton novel of the same name, the film was directed by Frank Capra and stars Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton and Thomas Mitchell. The film won two Oscars at the 1938 Academy Awards – one for Best Art Direction and the other for Best Film Editing.

The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Woodmere Art Museum. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is free, although donations are recommended.

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