I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
While awaiting access to England's Technicolor cameras for their upcoming super-production ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, the producer-director team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger dashed off this delightful personal project.
Joan Webster (Wendy Hiller) plays an ambitious and stubborn middle-class English woman determined to move forward since her childhood and get the finer things in life. She meets her father in a fancy restaurant to tell him that she will marry the wealthy middle-aged industrial Robert Bellinger (Norman Shelley) in the Scottish Hebrides. En route from Manchester to the Island of Mull, where her future husband resides, Joan is stranded in a colourful Scottish seacoast town. Inclement weather keeps her grounded for a week, during which time she falls in love with young, insouciant naval officer Torquil McNeil (Roger Livesey).
Ignoring the dictates of her heart (not to mention common sense), Joan stubbornly insists upon heading out to sea towards her marriage of convenience, but the exigencies of Scottish Mother Nature finally convince her that her future belongs on the mainland.
The film is full of wonderful regional detail, endearing location filming and three-dimensional characterisations. The film is one of the best of the Powell-Pressburger films of the 1940s, and arguably the team's all-time best romantic drama.