Toys

Canada, 1966

Film
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It begins with the faces of children outside a toy store window at Christmas—but then the war toys appear and we realize that some games are played for keeps. This film has no commentary, but it is easy to see what it aims to show: war toys do not necessarily make warriors, but it is possible that they give a false glamor to the deadly pursuit. With toys that keep up with the times, this film creates a battle that is all too real and frightening.

Credits

producer/director

Grant Munro

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

No spoken word

Duration

00:07:20:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

29675

Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Children and war

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Militarism

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War and society

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War games

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War victims

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social norms

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social problems

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social psychology

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social realism

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Child psychology

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Child psychology

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Social psychology

Literature → Allegory

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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