‘Lost Horizon’ (1973)
The runaway success of “The Sound of Music” resulted in a blitzkrieg of movie musicals, nearly all of which failed to captivate audiences. The stinker that squashed the trend once and for all was this 1973 remake of a well-received 1937 film. Unfortunately, unlike the original, the ‘70s version missed the mark in nearly every way, beginning with its failed attempts at updating the mythological world of Shangri-La without overhauling its racist definition. The movie’s songs were so rotten that longtime writing partners Burt Bacharach and Hal David refused to work together afterwards. And the film tanked so hard at the box office that Columbia Pictures execs reportedly gave it the nickname “Lost Investment.” The movie is so universally panned that the only remaining debate seems to be whether it’s “so bad it’s good again” or just plain bad.-Xfinity Entertainment Programmers
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