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Very topical but wrong clothes
on January 28, 2012
This movie has suddenly become very topical, because it is beginning to look as if Scotland might separate from England. The movie takes us back to a time when Scottish Nationalism was little more than a student movement; the "kidnapping" of the Stone of Destiny was a stunt to bring the movement to the notice of the media.
My sister and I were Glasgow University students in the 1950s around the time of the Stone incident. Although the movie takes us back to those exciting days, it is spoilt by anachronisms including the clothes worn by students. In reality, male students went around in suits and ties, plus woollen pullovers, and they looked very overdressed by today's standard. Female students also dressed conservatively and wore skirts, not pants. The moviemakers did not copy the typical student dress, although they did take the trouble to show the small, low-performance cars of the period.
Getting back to politics and economics. Scotland in the 1950s was very unlike today's Scotland. Then, unemployment was in the 2-3% range and any new graduate could expect a job, usually a choice of jobs. Today Scotland (like the UK as a whole) is in the grip of a recession and youth unemployment is a major issue.
A final note; in the UK this DVD is priced at the equivalent of $120 on amazon.uk. Is this because of overwhelming popular demand?