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5001 Nights in the Movies
I Know Where I'm Going!

From "5001 Nights in the Movies" by Pauline Kael

I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) - This romance is set in large part during a gale in the Western Isles of Scotland. It features dense fog, a squall, and a huge, roaring whirlpool. It also features Art Deco images of the young Wendy Hiller as an assured, impudent working girl who is scheduled to marry a rotten-rich, middle-aged tycoon, until she's caught up in that storm. She meets a kind-faced naval officer (Roger Livesey); he's the impoverished Laird of Kiloran, and after a few days and nights of his gentle Gaelic voice she's thoroughly confused. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this is a charmer of a movie. In a party sequence we listen to the rapid group singing of the Highlanders: [Actually Glaswegians, does Glasgow count as "Highland"?] it's a soul-satisfying interlude. The cinematography is by Erwin Hillier; the art direction is by Alfred Junge. With Pamela Brown, Finlay Currie, Nancy Price, Jean Cadell, Catherine Lacey, Valentine Dyall, George Carney, Margot Fitzsimons, John Laurie, and Petula Clark. (In his autobiography, Powell explained that Livesey couldn't get out of his role in a London play, and a double filled in for him in the exterior scenes; Livesey "never came within 500 miles of the Westerm Isles".) The Archers. b & w

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