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TCM Classic Film Festival Is Four Day Feast of the Familiar, 'I Know Where I'm Going' (TRAILERS)

Thompson on Hollywood By Joan Cohen | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2013 at 4:27PM

This is no festival for newbies. The audience for the 4th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival is completely at home at the Chinese, watching their favorite films on the big screen. These filmgoers have planned their vacations around this (expensive) festival and know what they like. Unlike other fests, this one is not so much for discoveries as for re-visits.
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'I Know Where I'm Going'
'I Know Where I'm Going'


This is no festival for newbies. The audience for the 4th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival is completely at home at the Chinese, watching their favorite films on the big screen. These filmgoers have planned their vacations around this (expensive) festival and know what they like. Unlike other fests, this one is not so much for discoveries as for re-visits.

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.



This article is related to: Michael Powell, TCM Classic Film Festival, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.