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Land of Invention

Scotland is celebrated as a crucible of the modern age in this profile of a "strange, restless, enquiring country"

Documentary 1941 11 mins

Overview

Use the telephone, take a train or travel by road, and you are indebted to some of the Scottish greats profiled in this film. Alexander Graham Bell, James Watt and John Macadam are just some of the figures birthed by this "strange, restless, enquiring country". Mixing highlands, lowlands and the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the film doesn't manage to put its finger on the reasons behind this extraordinary ingenuity, but is happy to celebrate it nonetheless.