At the screening of "I Know Where I'm Going," moderator Cari Beauchamp asked the audience how many had seen the film before? More than a third raised their hands. It’s about seeing your faves with an audience on a big screen. No matter how big your home system may be, there is nothing like hearing the collective sighs of those around you when a beloved scene comes on.
Beauchamp talked about the collaboration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger on 17 films; she compared their working methods to Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett (she's writing a book on "Sunset Boulevard"). Brackett and Wilder worked together in the same room and argued, while Powell and Pressburger worked separately – the former wrote the dialogue, while the latter wrote the action. It obviously worked. "I Know Where I'm Going" is a magical film, full of Scottish legends and lore – a mystical whirlpool, a Laird that is cursed and a romance between the radiant Wendy Hiller and handsome Roger Livesey that is impossible to resist. (See trailers below.)
There are many treats to be found at this festival – among them a rare Frank Capra film, "Hondo" in 3-D, "I Am Suzanne," starring Lillian Harvey, and Steve McQueen racing flick "Le Mans" for those who want action. Its TCM’s gift to their many subscribers-- and it's a four-day feast of the familiar on the big screen.