'I Know Where I'm Going!'

1945

Drama / Romance

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 6749

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Wendy Hiller as Joan Webster
John Laurie as John Campbell
Finlay Currie as Ruairidh Mhór
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Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 10 / 10

A wonderful film!

Director: MICHAEL POWELL. Screenplay: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. Photography: Erwin Hillier. Film editor: John Seabourne. Music composed by Allan Gray, conducted by Walter Goehr. Art director: Alfred Junge. Camera operator: Cecil Cooney. Special effects: Henry Harris. Assistant director: John Tunstall. Some members of the Glasgow Orpheus Choir appear by arrangement with Sir Hugh Roberton, principal. Sound recording: C. C. Stevens. Western Electric Sound System. Associate producer: George Busby. The producers wish to thank Ian McKenzie of Iona, Gaelic adviser Malcolm MacKellaig, John Laurie for the Ceilidh sequences, and good friends at Colonsay and the Island of Mull. Filmed on the Western Isles of Scotland and at Denham Studios, England. Producers: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. A Production of The Archers.

Copyright 11 December 1947 by Universal Pictures Co., Inc. A Prestige picture, presented by J. Arthur Rank. U.S. release through Universal-International: August 1947. New York opening at the Sutton: 19 August 1947. U.K. release through General Film Distributors: 17 December 1945. Australian release through G-B- D/20th Century-Fox: 27 March 1947. 8,175 feet. 91 minutes.

NOTES: Although it didn't make the Top Ten, "I Know Where I'm Going" figures on the New York Times supplementary list of four films that "just missed".

COMMENT: "I Know Where I'm Going — And Who Is Going With Me." So runs the first lines of the song, heard under the credits of this delightfully winning picture of Scottish life and customs as seen through the eyes of a girl who thought she knew her own destiny. Wendy Hiller is the girl — and a more gracious, charming, completely believable actress would be difficult to find. Roger Livesey is the unintended companion — and his is the most sympathetic and appealing of all his portrayals.

The way of destiny is rough, both literally and metaphorically, but the journey takes in some marvelously off-beat yet completely human characters in settings as ruggedly picturesque as the most ardent armchair traveler could wish. Chief amongst the humans (to all of us except The New York Times which doesn't list him at all, though Captain MacKechnie who is on screen for less than five seconds in a montage sequence is billed ninth from the top) is the famous falconer Captain C.W.R. Knight, making what I believe is his only in-front-of-the- camera feature. (He narrated the 1929 Filming of the Golden Eagle and produced the 1930 Sea Hawks). There are plenty of others we could cite as well. They pop up at every turn: a bus-load of shooters, a party of revelers at a "kayley", a stuck-up family of rich Sassenachs, an impoverished postmistress, a calmly philosophical boatman and his too-eager son...

It all comes, as they say, to a grand climax, with the plot strands of myth and legend, of Fate and self-determination, of ambition and romance, coming together beautifully in an edge-of-the-seat whirlwind (terrific special effects).

Superbly photographed and scored, with an often suitably and delightfully quirky yet imaginative direction (for example the station master's top hat that turns into an engine smoke-stack), I Know Where I'm Going is one of the most original and most entertaining products of wartime British cinema.

OTHER VIEWS: Powell and Pressburger here turn their satiric spotlight, impish humor and budget largess on the mercenary designs of a seemingly self-assured young miss who makes a wartime pilgrimage to the western isles of Scotland to marry a wealthy industrialist whose pocket-book has bought the co-operation of every person in the United Kingdom — except God. Superb scenery, both indoors (Denham/Junge) and out (Mull/nature). Lilting music. Great cast. It all adds up to exceptional entertainment. – John Howard Reid writing as Charles Freeman.

Reviewed by jessicacoco2005 8 / 10

Underrated Gem!

From the time, Joan Webster (played by Wendy Hiller) could crawl, she always knew what she wanted and what steps to take to achieve her ends. Coming from a middle class background, Joan Webster's desire is to have the finer things in life. To achieve this goal, at 25 she is on her way from Manchester to the Island of Kiloran to marry the owner of Consolidated Chemical Industries, Sir Robert Bellinger. However, at the Island of Mull, the last destination before reaching the island of Kiloran, , a tumultuous storm strands her there for nearly a week. While stranded she meets Torquil Macneil, a soldier on 8 days leave. From him she learns many of local legends, but most importantly she learns to respect the natives who may be lean on money, but not laughter or happiness. In the turning point of the film, Joan asks Macneil, "they're poor, then?" "No" replies Macneil, "they just haven't any money". "Isn't it the same thing?" Joan asks. "Oh no, they're completely different", Macneil answers.

Hiller's journey from Manchester to the Island of Mull with its cursed castles, devouring whirlpools, and violent gales really represents a quest; one which will lead the heroine to self-knowledge. Like the tumultuous storm, Joan's feelings are also tumultuous and only when she realizes that emotions cannot be controlled can she be free of the storm. Atmospheric and breathtaking cinematography leave one breathless, Well-directed, well-scripted, and acted; this film is an underrated gem.

Reviewed by Lee Eisenberg 10 / 10

We in the 21st century must acknowledge the Archers as great directors and Wendy Hiller as a fine actress

If you've come of age in the late 20th century and early 21st century, then the movie directors whose work you've known has mainly been the likes of Steven Spielberg. Among the classic directors whom you might recognize are Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick. But there's a pair of British directors whom you might not know: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (often called the Archers). They made a number of renowned movies in the 1940s and 1950s. Similarly, a person nowadays might have never heard of Wendy Hiller. She was a fine actress of that era. So it makes sense that she and the Archers collaborated on a movie. That movie is 1945's "I Know Where I'm Going!".

Wendy Hiller plays an affluent English woman headed to Scotland to marry an industrialist. When a violent storm forces her to spend the night in a coastal town, she meets a naval officer. From there, it's a battle between her head telling her that she's supposed to be with someone of her social class and her heart telling her that she should hook up with the man who treats her well.

The movie isn't simply a love story. It addresses the class issues that were still ambient in the United Kingdom after their victory in World War II. Indeed, the industrialist is seen as the type of person who profiteered from the war (it made sense that after the war, UK voters went for the Labor Party, which proceeded to establish social programs such as the National Health Service). Wendy Hiller's character may be a well-to-do woman, but she's not an empty-headed one. In addition, we get some spectacular shots of the Scottish countryside, and an intense sequence on the Corryvreckan whirlpool (that storm sequence is one for the ages).

Basically, it's an outstanding movie. Maybe not the greatest one ever made, but in an era when so many movies are excuses to blow things up, it's great to be able to see a movie that has a plot. I recommend it. Watch for a young Petula Clark as the daughter.

"You never know where you're going 'til you get there." - Sylvester the Cat in "Back Alley Oproar"

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