The Devil’s Toy was one of the first skateboarding films ever made in 1966 and is considered a cult classic. The stylistic short documentary was 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. This film – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the sport – captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives.
With a short hand held camera the director Claude Jutra made a film not only about the sport but about the difficulty of being young, the desire to rebel, intolerance, and the fear of conformity.
The NFB has just released ‘The Devil’s Toy Redux’ which pays tribute to the original film. A great project made by 14 different directors in 14 different cities.
Watch the original 1966 The Devil’s Toy:
Watch the preview video for ‘Devil;s Toy Redux’:
Watch all 14 films here.