The Devil’s Toy

The Devil’s Toy by Claude Jutra, National Film Board of Canada

This short 1966 documentary film dedicated “to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. “The Devil’s Toy” – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the activity – captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion.

This rare 15-minute film is available for purchase as a DVD through the National Film Board of Canada.

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