Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Day 36: "I Know Where I'm Going!"

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger 1945
A wonderful movie, beautifully acted, written, directed, photographed and edited. Wendy Hiller plays a chic young woman engaged to one of the wealthiest men in the UK. She's to be married on an island off the Scottish coast where the older mogul has rented the laird's home. He's already ensconced on the island, and all she has to do is rendezvous with him there. But these are the Hebrides, and Hiller finds herself stranded on another island, unable to get to her destination because of a ferocious gale. She meets an array of eccentric-but-decent people, including a young man on leave from the Navy who happens to be laird of the island rented by Hiller's fiance. She falls in love with him, although she tries desperately to get away. Afterall, she knows where she's going--or does she?
Powell and Pressburger are responsible for some great films, their most famous collaboration "The Red Shoes." My favorite: "Black Narcissus," a gripping story set in a convent high in the Himalayas where some of the nuns are going insane. See it on a double bill with "I Know Where I'm Going!"


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