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.
'I Know Where I'm Going!'
Drama / Romance
'I Know Where I'm Going!'
Drama / Romance
Joan Webster is an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood. She meets her father in a fancy restaurant to tell him that she will marry the wealthy middle-aged industrial Robert Bellinger in Kiloran island, in the Hebrides Islands, Scotland. She travels from Manchester to the island of Mull, where she stays trapped due to the windy weather. Whilst on the island, she meets Torquil McNeil and as the days go by they fall in love with each other.
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