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Line of Demarcation (1966)

La ligne de démarcation (original title)
| Drama | May 1966 (USA)
1941. A little town in the Jura is cut in half by a river that forms the border between Nazi-occupied France and the free zone.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (scenario), Colonel Rémy (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Seberg ... Mary, comtesse de Damville
Maurice Ronet ... Pierre, comte de Damville
Daniel Gélin ... Doctor Jacques Lafaye
Jacques Perrin ... Michel, le radio
Stéphane Audran ... La femme du Dr. Lafaye / Wife
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Major von Pritsch
Claude Léveillée ... Le capitaine Duncan Presgrave
Roger Dumas ... Chéti, le passeur / Passer
Mario David ... Urbain, le garde-chasse
Jean Yanne ... Tricot, l'instituteur
Jean-Louis Maury Jean-Louis Maury ... Un agent de la gestapo / Gestapo agent
Pierre Gualdi Pierre Gualdi ... Le curé
Serge Bento Serge Bento ... Le coiffeur
René Havard René Havard ... Loiseau
Jean-Louis Le Goff Jean-Louis Le Goff ... Tavier
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1941. A little town in the Jura is cut in half by a river that forms the border between Nazi-occupied France and the free zone.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

May 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Line of Demarcation See more »

Filming Locations:

Belmont, Jura, France See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The project was originally intended for Anthony Mann, who declined the offer and recommended Claude Chabrol instead. Chabrol took the job against the grain and once claimed that he had been drunk during most of the shooting. See more »

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It's a long way to Gibraltar.
7 August 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"La ligne de demarcation" is arguably the most successful Chabrol movie of his transitional period -roughly from "l'oeil du malin" (1963) to "la route de Corinthe (1967).

Although there are many characters ,this is a well-constructed script ,adapted from the Colonel Remy's book.The film is dedicated to French men and women who became smugglers and helped soldiers and Jews to cross the demarcation line which divided France into two parts:occupied and unoccupied zone during WW2.

Among many characters the couple Maurice Ronet/Jean Seberg stands out:he is a defeated officer,his war is over ,and he cannot get over the 1940 debacle.On the contrary her war has only begun .she's involved in resistance and he thinks at the beginning of the movie that finally what happened was fair cause the Germans are the strongest.Seberg's beauty illuminates the movie:her face when she hears the coded message "It's a long way to Gibraltar" is one of the rare moments of happiness in a somber movie.French are not all depicted as heroes.Some are hateful cowards ,who pretend they help the Jews and gives them away to the gestapo.

In its way,"la ligne de démarcation" foreshadows several aspects of Chabrol future heyday.Two of his favorite actors ,Stephane Audran and Jean Yanne are already here ("le boucher").The entomological depiction of the villages like in the aforementioned movie is here too.And in some scenes (the attic,the burial, the forest where the patrol is on the prowl) Chabrol displays his skills of master of suspense .Good cast.


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