The Devil's toy

Canada, 1969

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The skateboard gave the youngsters, who mastered its technique, a thrilling sensation of speed unexcelled by any other pavement sport. Filmed in 1966 on Montreal streets before the elongated rollerskate was banned, this film captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion. Music by Pierre Brault. Sung by Genevieve Bujold.

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Claude Jutra


Marcel Martin

production company

National Film Board of Canada



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Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)




Black and White


16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

Digital Betacam [PAL]; Master

DVD [PAL]; Copy

MOV file H264; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

Digital Betacam; Sub-master

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI External Digital Access Copy



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