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Name  Joseph Kessel
Role  Journalist

Parents  Samuel Kessel
Siblings  Lazare Kessel
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Died  July 23, 1979, Avernes, France
Movies  Beauty of the Day, Army of Shadows, The Horsemen
Books  The Lion, Les Cavaliers, Belle de Jour, Fortune Carree, les mains du miracle
Similar People  Maurice Druon, Anna Marly, Jean‑Pierre Melville, Luis Bunuel, Anatole Litvak

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Joseph Kessel (10 February 1898 – 23 July 1979) was a French journalist and novelist. He was a member of the Académie française and Grand officer of the Legion of Honour.


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Kessel was born in Villa Clara, Entre Ríos, Argentina, because of the constant journeys of his father, a Litvak doctor. From 1905 to 1908, Joseph Kessel lived the first years of his childhood in Orenburg, Russia, before the family moved to France in 1908. He studied in lycée Masséna, Nice and lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris, and took part in the First World War as an aviator. He was also an aviator during the Second World War, assigned to the Free French 342 "Lorraine" Bomber Squadron of the Royal Air Force, with Romain Gary, who was also a talented French novelist.

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Kessel wrote several novels and books that were later represented in the cinema, notably Belle de Jour (by Luis Buñuel in 1967). In 1943 he and his nephew Maurice Druon translated Anna Marly's song Chant des Partisans into French from its original Russian. The song became one of the anthems of Free French Forces during the Second World War.

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He was elected at the Académie française in 1962.

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Joseph Kessel died on 23 July 1979 in Avernes, Val-d'Oise. He is buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

The Joseph-Kessel Prize (Prix Joseph Kessel) is a prestigious prize in French language literature, given to "a book of a high literary value written in French". The jury counts or has counted among its members Tahar Ben Jelloun, Jean-Marie Drot, Michèle Kahn, Pierre Haski, Gilles Lapouge, Michel Le Bris, Érik Orsenna, Patrick Rambaud, Jean-Christophe Rufin, André Velter and Olivier Weber.


  • The Crew, directed by Maurice Tourneur (France, 1928, based on the novel L'Équipage)
  • Nuits de princes, directed by Marcel L'Herbier (France, 1930, based on the novel Nuits de princes)
  • L'Équipage, directed by Anatole Litvak (France, 1935, based on the novel L'Équipage)
  • The Woman I Love, directed by Anatole Litvak (1937, based on the novel L'Équipage)
  • Nuits de princes, directed by Vladimir Strizhevsky (France, 1938, based on the novel Nuits de princes)
  • Le Bataillon du ciel, directed by Alexander Esway (France, 1947, based on the novel Le Bataillon du ciel)
  • Sirocco, directed by Curtis Bernhardt (1951, based on the novel Le coup de grâce)
  • The Lovers of Lisbon, directed by Henri Verneuil (France, 1955, based on the novel Les Amants du Tage)
  • Fortune carrée, directed by Bernard Borderie (France, 1955, based on the novel Fortune carrée)
  • The Lion, directed by Jack Cardiff (1962, based on the novel The Lion)
  • Belle de Jour, directed by Luis Buñuel (France, 1967, based on the novel Belle de Jour)
  • Army of Shadows, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (France, 1969, based on the novel L'Armée des ombres)
  • The Horsemen, directed by John Frankenheimer (1971, based on the novel Les Cavaliers)
  • The Passerby, directed by Jacques Rouffio (France, 1982, based on the novel La Passante du Sans-Souci)
  • Screenwriter

  • Cessez le feu (dir. Jacques de Baroncelli, France, 1934)
  • Mayerling (dir. Anatole Litvak, France, 1936)
  • Les Bateliers de la Volga (dir. Vladimir Strizhevsky, France, 1936)
  • La Peur (dir. Victor Tourjansky, France, 1936)
  • Les Secrets de la mer Rouge (dir. Richard Pottier, France, 1937)
  • L'Homme du Niger (dir. Jacques de Baroncelli, France, 1940)
  • Au grand balcon (dir. Henri Decoin, France, 1949)
  • Le Grand Cirque (dir. Georges Péclet, France, 1950)
  • Act of Love (dir. Anatole Litvak, 1953)
  • Oasis (dir. Yves Allégret, France, 1955)
  • La Passe du diable (dir. Pierre Schoendoerffer and Jacques Dupont, France, 1958)
  • The Night of the Generals (dir. Anatole Litvak, 1967)
  • References

    Joseph Kessel Wikipedia

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