Friday, September 6, 2013

Otto Lang's 'Search For Paradise', 1957

At SearchKashmir not only are some old dreams of 'Earthly Paradise Kashmir' catalogued, but not so strangely it is also helping re-create some old dreams. Here is someone's visual interpretation of Dimitri Tiomkin's score for Otto Lang's 'Search For Paradise' (1957). The film was about two WW-II pilots, two Marco-Polos searching for paradise in East and of course visit Kashmir. It is about the adventures they have, there are high flying planes (new Jet planes meant new age of science ), fast flowing rivers (there was US presence in the region) and invincible mountains (Nanga Parbat was conquered only in 1953).


Also this was probably the last time word 'Shalimar' was weaved into western classical music, a long tradition starting from Amy Woodforde-Finden setting Adela Florence Nicolson/Laurence Hope's 'Kashmiri Song' to music in 1902.

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A NYT review from 1957

A news report about the film from year 1963.

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