December 02, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

I Know Where I'm Going!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
92 minutes
performer
Wendy Hiller, Roger Livesey, Petula Clark
director
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
distributor
Universal-International Pictures
author
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
genre
Drama, Romance, War
We gave it an A

The writing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is best known for Technicolor wonders The Red Shoes and The Tales of Hoffman, but I Know Where I’m Going!, a far less famous black-and-white romantic fable, is as charming as anything in their oeuvre. Wendy Hiller plays a woman on the remote Scottish island of Port Erraig who’s traveling to marry a rich industrialist. Delayed from leaving by bad weather, she runs up against Celtic mysticism, Gothic castles, local eccentrics, and finally the unexpected man she’ll fall in love with. This laserdisc version — with bonuses including a color travelogue of the film’s locations today — beautifully reproduces Erwin Hillier’s painterly cinematography, especially a spectacular boat-in-a-whirlpool sequence that’s one of the more audacious sexual symbols in film history. A treat. A

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