The Sexton

Canada, 1952

Film
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An intimate study of a figure whose faithful service behind the scenes contributes to the peace and orderliness of the church. In a little French-Canadian village we meet Monsieur Eusebe, whose whole life has been the care of his parish church and whose proprietary attitude and dour exterior serve only to conceal the love and satisfaction he finds in his work. We see how a sexton’s work is never done as a funeral follows a wedding followed by a christening. And always there is the preparation and tidying up for the next occasion.

Credits

co-director

Dennis Gillson

Raymond Garceau

producer

Bernard Devlin

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

English

Duration

00:05:17:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

28417

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Occupations

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Work environment

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Work ethic

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Religion and culture

Crafts & Visual Arts → Portraits

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Christianity

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religion and culture

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Work ethic

People → Portraits

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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