Line of Demarcation (film)

Line of Demarcation is a 1966 war drama film written and directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is La Ligne de démarcation. It 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.[1]

Line of Demarcation
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byGeorges de Beauregard
Screenplay byClaude Chabrol
Based onMémoires d'un agent secret de la France libre et La Ligne de démarcation
by Colonel Rémy
StarringJean Seberg
Maurice Ronet
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byJacques Gaillard
Rome Paris Films
Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie
Distributed byCompagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique
Release date
  • 25 March 1966 (1966-03-25)
Running time
120 minutes


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.

Principal cast

Jean SebergMary, comtesse de Damville
Maurice RonetPierre, comte de Damville
Daniel GélinDoctor Jacques Lafaye
Jacques PerrinMichel, le radio
Stéphane AudranDr. Lafaye's Wife
Reinhard KolldehoffMajor von Pritsch
Claude LéveilléeCaptain Duncan Presgrave
Roger DumasChéti, Passer
Jean YanneTricot, teacher
Noël RoquevertEugène Menetru, Innkeeper


The film was shot in Dole, Jura, starting on January 31 1966. The shooting lasted 7 weeks.[2]


The film has been released on DVD.[3]


  1. "Un hommage au colonel Rémy, salle Gauguin - Pont-Aven - Le blog de" (in French). Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. Coates-Smith, Michael; McGee, Garry (2014). The Films of Jean Seberg. McFarland. p. 107. ISBN 9780786490226. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. "La Ligne de démarcation:". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
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