Line of Demarcation

Line of Demarcation

A Feature film by Claude Chabrol

Produced by Rome-Paris Films

Release in France : 25/05/1966

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Actors (24)

Production and distribution (4)

Associate production company :

Rome-Paris Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited


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.

Source : Wikipedia


The line of demarcation was a frontier that divided France in two during WWII. A lot of people, running away from the german occupying forces, tried to cross that line in order to reach the part of France that was under the control of the Vichy government.

This movie relates the life of a small town, on the German controlled side, that is situated right at the demarcation line. A certain number of people tries to help those who want to cross the river, others take advantage of the fact that the runaways are ready to pay huge sums of money to escape from the Germans. Small heroic or cowardly acts are reported everyday during this period.

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Full credits (15)

Assistant directors :

Claude Bakka, Pierre Gauchet, Alexis Poliakoff

Screenwriters :

Claude Chabrol, Colonel Rémy

Sound Recordist :

Guy Chichignoud

Assistant Operator :

Paul Bonis

Production managers :

René Demoulin, Roger Scipion

Assistant editor :

Monique Fardoulis

Music Composer :

Pierre Jansen

Still Photographer :

Jean Klissak

Producer :

Georges de Beauregard

Director of Photography :

Jean Rabier

Sound Assistant :

Guy Odet

Camera Operator :

Claude Zidi

Editor :

Jacques Gaillard

Continuity supervisor :

Annie Maurel

Production Designer :

Guy Littaye

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

War, Drama

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Nationality :

100% French (France)

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Runtime :

2 h

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Black & White

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