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I Know Where I'm Going!

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
I Know Where I'm Going!
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A headstrong young woman travels to the Scottish Hebrides to marry a rich industrialist. On the way, she meets a young naval officer and realizes that some things are more important than money.
Title: I know where I'm going!
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY?] : Criterion Collection, c2001
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: General Film Distributors Ltd. ; a production of The Archers ; Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger present ; written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
"Janus Films."
Special features include: audio essay by film historian Ian Christie ; behind-the-scene stills ; the 1994 documentary I know where I'm going! Revisited, by Mark Cousins ; excerts from Michael Powell's 1937 feature The edge of the world and the 1978 documentary Return to the edge of the world ; photo essay by Nancy Franklin and home movies from Michael Powell's Scottish expeditions
Originally released as a motion picture in 1945
1.33:1 aspect ratio
Summary: A headstrong young woman travels to the Scottish Hebrides to marry a rich industrialist. On the way, she meets a young naval officer and realizes that some things are more important than money.
ISBN: 0780023803
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy I
Credits: Photography, Erwin Hiller ; editor, John Seabourne ; music, Allan Gray ; production designer, Alfred Junge.
Performers: Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Pamela Brown, Finlay Currie, George Carney, Nancy Price, Catherine Lacey, Jean Cadell, John Laurie, Valentine Dyall, Norman Shelley, Margot Fitzsimons, Murdo Morrison, C.W.R. Knight.
System Details: DVD
Other Language: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: Hebrides (Scotland) Drama Man-woman relationships Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Publisher No: KNO030 Criterion Collection
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Wendy Hiller is not going to let anything stop her from using an advantageous marriage to lift her status. Until a windswept island in Scotland gets into her heart.


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Jan 13, 2014
  • LadySugar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie was quite charming, i was pleasantly surprised at how engaging and meanigful the story was. I enjoyed it.

Jul 09, 2013
  • alpaca85 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"I Know Where I'm Going!" is the tale of a headstrong young woman set on marrying money, who settles for the owner of Britain's wealthiest industrial conglomerate. They are to be married on an island in the Scottish Hebrides, yet her voyage is impeded by weather, and she is forced to wait in a local village before she can sail to her fiancee. There she meets a host of characters, the most prominent being dashing Royal Navy officer Torquil Macneil. Will her plans be disrupted by this chance meeting, or is it the start of something better?

I had very low expectations going into this film, as despite it's relatively good critical standing, it seemed too tonally similar to the dismal A Canterbury Tale (A film by the same directors made a year earlier). I had also been told it was quite awful by someone else, so I did not think much of it. Much to my surprise, the film was not nearly what I had worried about. Yes, the theme song is cringe worthy, but the rest of the film was lovely. Powell and Pressburger don't over sentimentalize or bore, they present a story that could have easily veered off towards the cliched and boring, but when the film reaches the conclusion, you feel satisfied, not uninterested.

Wendy Hiller, in her part, tries her best to put up an uptight facade, but she does a great job showing the cracks in that sturdy visage as well. The more the weather impedes her travel, the more desperate she becomes. Roger Livesey is also terrific as the world weary navy man, who wants nothing, yet yearns for something he does not understand. The Scottish Hebrides are almost a character in themselves, serving as a beautiful backdrop to the story. They are foreboding and rugged, but they warm to the leads hearts by the time the sun sets over the story.

The film's climax too features some gorgeous special effects. The smooth integration of studio footage and location shots gives the scene an almost eerie fantastic quality. The cinematography too is beautiful, not only in the outdoor scenes, but in the interiors as well. Black and white almost always looks good, and this film is no exception. Powell and Pressburger do an amazing job with the film, and the end result feels just great. A fantastic movie.

Feb 25, 2012
  • nptphoto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliantly acted and directed; a charmer, yet so much more than that. Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey -- fantastic!

Oct 01, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This film has the sexiest scene in all movies -- to find out exactly why I think so, you'll have to see it. But for now, I'll SPOILER you, to a certain point. The tension between Wendy and the laird has built to hurricane force. He takes her to her first ceilidh, and he's props up the ladder she's climbed, to get a better view of the dancers. He starts translating one of the songs, ending, almost angrily, with "...you're the maid for ME!" THWACK! Poor Wendy.

Jan 07, 2011
  • rgally rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sweet film and a beautiful copy (Criterion Collection).

Jan 09, 2010
  • sanjosemom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wendy Hiller is wonderful, as usual.

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