I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING! (1945)

Dir. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Like many great folk tales, this timeless classic from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is essentially a coming of age story. Its simple plot could serve any modern romantic comedy: a young woman (Wendy Hiller) sets out to marry for all the wrong reasons only to be transformed by true love. For Powell and Pressburger, however, this was a serious romantic tale grounded in the landscape and folk traditions of Northern Scotland. In many ways the film was a stopgap for them. They made it while waiting on the availability of Technicolor cameras for A Matter of Life and Death (1946). But as Powell shot background footage in Scotland, he developed a love of the region that shines through in every frame. He found the perfect leading lady in Hiller, who manages to make her character's misguided materialism almost charming and her growing love for displaced laird Roger Livesey totally believable. Although original audiences were confused by the film's mix of realism, dreams and Scottish folklore, today it is one of the best loved of Powell and Pressburger’s films.

I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!
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