Colonel Chabert (1943 film)

Colonel Chabert (French: Le colonel Chabert) is a 1943 French drama film directed by René Le Hénaff, starring Raimu, Marie Bell, Aimé Clariond and Jacques Baumer. It tells the story of a French officer who is assumed dead during the Napoleonic Wars, but returns ten years later to a very different France, both on a political and personal level. The film is based on the novel Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac. James Travers has written, "This superlative adaptation of Balzac's great novel was one of a number of prestigious film productions made under the Occupation (1940–1944)."[1][2]

Colonel Chabert
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRené Le Hénaff
Produced byÉdouard Harispuru
Screenplay byPierre Benoît
Maurice Griffe
Marc Maurette
Yves Mirande
Based onColonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac
Music byLouis Beydts
CinematographyRobert Lefebvre
Edited byMarguerite Renoir
Release date
  • 1 December 1943 (1943-12-01)
Running time
102 minutes

A later film adaptation of the Balzac story, with Gerard Depardieu in the lead, was released in 1994.



  1. "Le Colonel Chabert". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  2. Travers, James. "Le Colonel Chabert (1943)".
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