Line of Demarcation (film)

Line of Demarcation
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Georges de Beauregard
Screenplay by Claude Chabrol
Based on Mémoires d'un agent secret de la France libre et La Ligne de démarcation
by Colonel Rémy
Starring Jean Seberg
Maurice Ronet
Music by Pierre Jansen
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Jacques Gaillard
Rome Paris Films
Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie
Distributed by Compagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique
Release dates
25 May 1966
Running time
France: 120 min
USA: 92 min
Country France
Language French

Line of Demarcation is a 1966 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]


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

Actor Role
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 has been released on DVD.[2]


  1. "Un hommage au colonel Rémy, salle Gauguin - Pont-Aven - Le blog de" (in French). Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  2. "La Ligne de démarcation:". 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2011-08-19.

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