While I was looking around in youtube the other day I found this video clip. It's a musical from 1973 called Lost Horizon. My mother loved this movie although it was a failure at the box-office. I have the soundtrack; some Bert Bacharach typical sounding songs, but a feel-good message. I wanted to buy the movie for mom before she passed away but I never found it. Here's the clip:
This version is much closer to the 1937 film than to the original James Hilton novel, which I have read. It tells the story of a group of travellers whose airplane is hijacked. The airplane crash lands in an unexplored area of the Himalayas, where the party is rescued and taken to the lamasery of Shangri-La. Miraculously, Shangri-La, sheltered by mountains on all sides, is a temperate paradise amid the land of snows. Perfect health is the norm, and inhabitants live to very old ages while maintaining a youthful appearance.
My mom thought a "Utopian" place like this could exist. Maybe it's an "ideal" that religious people think they can attain in this life. The Mormons thought they could get this "perfect life" in Independence, Missouri and then again is the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. I'm more of a realist. I need to live in the moment. I believe one must enjoy the moment they're in right now, make the best of it, instead of longing for something better. To quote a movie title; This moment, this life is "as good as it gets".