Discussion - Tibet in Popular Culture

I. Introduction
    A. What is History?

               ●  E.H. Carr
               ●  Is history just a procession of people, events and facts?
               ●  Historian as commentator not "scientist"
Arguing against Positivists: history = gathering of facts
                        - Historian picks and decides facts (which facts, the order, the context)
                        - History is not discovered but created by historians

II. Lost Horizon

    A. Basic facts
●  Book by James Hilton (1933)
               ●  Context:
                        - Global economic depression
                        - Fascism in Europe
                        - Japanese in Asia/Warlords in China

               ●  Film (1937)
                        - Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life)
                        - Original version 132 minutes (2 hours 12 minutes)
                        - Shortened by 25 minutes (lost, partially recovered)

                        - Movie trailer

               ●  Questions
                        - What is central theme?
                        - What does Shangri-La represent?
                        - How is Lost Horizon a commentary on its time?
                        - What are the key values of Shangri-la
                        - How do these reflect Western notions of Tibet?

II. Seven Years in Tibet
    A. Basic Facts
Book by Heinrich Harrer (1953)
                        - Austrian
                        - Peter Aufschnaiter
(David Thewlis)
               ●  Film (1997)

                        - Brad Pitt
                        - Movie Trailer

               ●  Questions
                        - What is central theme?
                        - How does it differ from Lost Horizon?
                        - How is it similar to Lost Horizon?

                        - Why is the white intermediary framing appealing to a western audience?
                        - How is Tibet portrayed?