Line of Demarcation (1966)


Line of Demarcation is a 1966 war drama film written and directed by Claude Chabrol.

Its title in French is La Ligne de démarcation and is based on upon the memoir Mémoires d’un agent secret de la France libre et La Ligne de démarcation by Gilbert Renault under his pseudonym Colonel Rémy.


A small village in the Jura is split by the river Loue which creates the line of demarcation between Nazi occupied France and freedom. A French officer, Pierre (Ronet), is released by the Nazi soldiers to find his chateau converted into a German command centre. Whilst he is obliged to co-operate with the enemy, his wife Mary (Seberg) supports the resistance movement and is willing to risk her life for it. The Nazis step up their activity against the resistance, insisting that any who attempt to cross the line of demarcation will be shot. When his wife is arrested, Pierre decides to switch his allegiance. The movement is hindered by an informer and another man who pretends to help the resistance fighters but leads them to the Nazis and steals all their possessions.


  • Jean Seberg … Mary, comtesse de Damville.
  • Maurice Ronet … Pierre, comte de Damville.
  • Daniel Gélin … Doctor Jacques Lafaye.
  • Jacques Perrin … Michel, le radio.
  • Stéphane Audran … Dr. Lafaye’s Wife.
  • Reinhard Kolldehoff … Major von Pritsch.
  • Claude Léveillée … Captain Duncan Presgrave.
  • Roger Dumas … Chéti, Passer.
  • Jean Yanne … Tricot, teacher.
  • Noël Roquevert … Eugène Menetru, Innkeeper.


The film was shot in Dole, Jura, starting on 31 January 1966, and lasted 7 weeks.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Claude Chabrol.
  • Producer(s): Georges de Beauregard.
  • Writer(s):
    • Claude Chabrol … (scenario and dialogue).
    • Colonel Rémy … (scenario and novel).
  • Music: Pierre Jansen.
  • Cinematography: Jean Rabier.
  • Editor(s): Jacques Gaillard.
  • Production:
    • Les Productions Georges de Beauregard.
    • Rome Paris Films.
    • Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (SNC).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Compagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique (CCFC) (1966) (France) (theatrical).
    • Opening Distribution (France) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 25 May 1966 (France)
  • Running Time: 120 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: France.
  • Language: French.

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