Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Search for Shangri-La

The dream of an earthly paradise immune to the squalid wickedness of the world and the ravages of time comes to us from the depths of antiquity. One such place was - Shangri-La.

In the novel “Lost Horizon” published in 1933, James Hilton takes us on an odyssey to the earthly paradise Shangri-La hidden in a valley somewhere in the Himalayas between Tibet and India. Of all of James Hilton’s works, this was always my most favourite.

But, is the legend of Shangri-La rooted in some, very real, earthly reality? Did such a place really exist? Today on Far Future Horizons we are going on an epic voyage in search of the real Shangri-La with renowned historian Michael Wood in his awe inspiring documentary series “In Search of Myths and Heroes.”

We are also going to teleport ourselves to Shangri-La through the power of cinematic magic and the vision of legendary film director Frank Capra in his film masterpiece that brought James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon to life on the silver screen.

So join us dear readers and let us take you on a magical voyage away from the dreary drudgery and cares of your everyday life to the far away and carefree world of Shangri-La. May you, like our hero Conway, find your own very real Shangri-La.


Michael Wood's In Search of Myths and Heroes is available on DVD from


Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937) is also available on DVD from

In Search of Myths and Heroes – The Search for Shangri-La

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Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937)
Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937 film) Part One
Watch live streaming video from lost_horizon at
Frank Capra's Lost Horizon (1937 film) Part Two
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