I Know Where I'm Going!

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Overview

Such Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger films as The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus may have bigger name recognition, but the delightful I Know Where I'm Going has an unusually devoted cult following. Thankfully, this exceptionally fine Criterion Collection DVD is perfect for devotees of the movie and to those who have yet to discover the film. Because of I Know Where I'm Going's cultural and artistic importance to the U.K., the British Film Institute restored both the original film print and its audio track to...
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Overview

Such Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger films as The Red Shoes and Black Narcissus may have bigger name recognition, but the delightful I Know Where I'm Going has an unusually devoted cult following. Thankfully, this exceptionally fine Criterion Collection DVD is perfect for devotees of the movie and to those who have yet to discover the film. Because of I Know Where I'm Going's cultural and artistic importance to the U.K., the British Film Institute restored both the original film print and its audio track to pristine condition. The movie was shot in the 1.33:1 format that fits a normal TV, while the audio track has been updated to Dolby Digital 2.0. The DVD extras are numerous. Featured here is a rather arty documentary on the movie that is miles better than most slapdash DVD featurettes. Powell fanatic Martin Scorsese appears in the documentary and is only one of the people who discusses why this little movie means so much to so many people. Scorsese's editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who was married to Powell, narrates the wonderful home movies that are included on the DVD. Writer Nancy Franklin provides a photo essay on the Scottish locations used in the films. There are also excerpts from two Powell documentaries on the region, as well as an audio essay from critic Ian Christie. The Criterion Collection once again outdoes the major film companies in releasing a definitive DVD release of a classic movie. I Know Where I'm Going deserves such loving treatment.
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Special Features

New digital transfer; documentary featurette: I Know Where I'm Going! Revisited; audio essay by film historian Ian Christie; behind-the-scenes stills gallery; excerpts from Powell's 1937 feature The Edge of the World and the complete 1978 Return to the Edge of the World; photo essay exploring I Know Where I'm Going's locations; home movies of Powell's Scottish expeditions; optional RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Rachel Saltz
Michael Powell, perhaps the greatest of all English directors, could be luridly romantic Black Narcissus, perversely romantic Peeping Tom, and even, as in this charming film, good-old-fashioned boy-meets-girl romantic. Wendy Hiller portrays Joan Webster, a modern woman who "knows where she's going" -- to marry a rich man who owns a small island in the Hebrides. Stranded in Scotland by storms on her way to the wedding, she meets Torquil MacNeil the wonderful Roger Livesey, a soldier on leave from World War II. Soon, headstrong Joan finds herself battling the weather, Torquil, and her own conflicted heart. I Know Where I'm Going! is a capacious romantic comedy that finds room for strands of mysticism, fairy tales, and Powell's quite evident love of the people and landscape of the Scottish Hebrides. Hiller and Livesey are wonderful together: Their love story is believable and engaging, and you'll quickly find yourself rooting for them to end up together. Powell here delivers an artful jolt to the screwball comedy genre -- and the result is a film with a serious heart and levity of spirit.
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Michael Powell's and Ermeric Pressburger's I Know Where I'm Going was an unexpected movie at the time of its release. The two filmmakers, who usually shared joint credit as writer-producer-directors, had previously delighted audiences (and outraged officialdom) with their unusual films dealing with war-related subjects: 49th Parallel, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, and A Canterbury Tale. I Know Where I'm Going was set during the war but takes place in Scotland, far from the fighting; the only sign of the world war being fought is the presence of some men in uniform, the austerity of life, and the fact that the hero (Roger Livesey) has only a short leave home, his first visit in five years. But the real focus of I Know Where I'm Going was how people would live, and approach life, after the war: specifically, whether the heroine (Wendy Hiller) would continue to be motivated by materialism or whether she (and the audience) would learn something better. Powell and Pressburger, who went corporately and creatively under the name of The Archers, had a message to send: that there were more joys to be found in the texture of life than in any material comforts, and that this lesson would be a more vital result of the war than the military victory that was already taken for granted. In many ways, I Know Where I'm Going was the first postwar film, anticipating such American classics as The Best Years of Our Lives, It's a Wonderful Life, and even, on the darker side of life, Crossfire.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • UPC: 037429154427
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 585

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wendy Hiller Joan Webster
Roger Livesey Torquil MacNeil
Pamela Brown Catriona Potts
George Carney Mr. Webster
Petula Clark Cheril
Walter Hudd Hunter
Norman Shelley Sir Robert Bellinger
Finlay Currie Ruairdh Mor
Capt. Duncan MacKechnie Capt. Lochnivar, Captain of "Lochinvar"
Nancy Price Mrs. Crazier, Mrs. Crozier
Capt. C.W.R. Knight Col. Barnstaple
Catherine Lacey Mrs. Robinson
Valentine Dyall Mr. Robinson
John Laurie John Campbell
Ian Sadler Ian
Jean Cadell Postmistress
Murdo Morrison Kenny
Margot Fitzsimmons Bridie
Arthur Chesney Harmonica Player
Anthony Eustrel Hooper
Alec Faversham Martin
Dr. Jean Houston Singer in the Ceildhe, Singer in the Céilidh
Maxwell Kennedy Singer in the Ceildhe, Singer in the Céilidh
Kitty Kirwan Mrs. Campbell
Herbert Lomas Mr. Campbell
Duncan McIntyre Old Shepherd's Son
Ivy Milton Peigi
Graham Moffatt RAF Sergeant
John Rae Old Shepherd
Boyd Stevens Singer in the Ceildhe, Singer in the Céilidh
Donald Strachan Sheperd, Shepherd
Technical Credits
Emeric Pressburger Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Powell Director, Producer, Screenwriter
George Blackwell Special Effects
George R. Busby Associate Producer
Cecil Cooney Camera Operator
Walter Goehr Musical Direction/Supervision
Allan Gray Score Composer
Erwin Hillier Cinematographer
Alfred Junge Art Director
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
John Seabourne Editor
Charles Staffell Special Effects
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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 23 chapter(s) covering 01:31:40
0. Menu Group #1 with 23 chapter(s) covering 01:31:40
1. Opening Credit. [2:42]
2. "I know where I'm going!" [5:15]
3. The Tartan dream. [2:58]
4. The curse of Kiloran. [6:02]
5. "Can you skin a rabbit?" [4:11]
6. Geography lesson. [2:52]
7. Counting the beams. [4:56]
8. The Laird of Kiloran. [2:20]
9. "The rich man on Kiloran." [2:56]
10. The legend of Corryvreckan. [4:43]
11. The Western Isles Hotel. [4:11]
12. The Castle of Sorne. [3:01]
13. Achnacroish. [3:24]
14. The Ceilidh. [7:45]
15. Kenny and Bridie. [2:30]
16. Revelations. [3:14]
17. Dirty Money. [4:05]
18. Corryvreckan. [9:27]
19. Home from the sea. [2:24]
20. "But money isn't everything." [2:46]
21. A clear day. [3:22]
22. "Never shall he leave it a free man." [5:25]
23. End credits. [1:03]
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Menu

Side #1
Color bars.
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Romantic Movie

    Nature is one of the characters in this beautifully filmed original story by two celebrated British filmmakers. Roger Livesey plays a strong, intelligent, male hero, one of the best in any movie. He courts a lady with intelligence, patience, firmness and subdued passion. Wendy Hiller, like Helen Mirren today, is the finest British actress of her time. I fell in love with the Western Isles of Scotland watching this story whose stated purpose by the filmmakers was to present a gentle, benevolent world. Made during World War II as a little project while waiting for color cameras to arrive from Hollywood, this movie captures the essence of romantic love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful Scottish Love Story

    We just finished watching this incredible movie. Filmed in 1945, after a little getting into,it still works! I usually ignore supplementary material, but this was so good that we watched it all and wished for more!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "I Know Where I'm Going"

    Wonderful story of a determined young lady trying to marry "smart", when foul weather, and a naval officer on leave, cloud her determination. Terrific, an instant favorite!

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    A wonderful script, intense performances, and magic direction make this charming movie, in my opinion, just about perfect. It is a straight romance, with humor and personality. I've often seen it described as a screwball comedy or a romantic comedy, but don't be deceived- it is neither of these things. It *is* a perfect movie for a quiet, romantic evening at home with someone you love.

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