Joseph Kessel Last updated November 15, 2018 Biography
Kessel was born in
Villa Clara, Entre Ríos, Argentina, because of the constant journeys of his father, a Litvak physician. 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.
Kessel wrote several novels and books that were later represented in the cinema, notably
(by Belle de Jour Luis Buñuel in 1967). In 1943 he and his nephew Maurice Druon translated Anna Marly's song into French from its original Chant des Partisans Russian. The song became one of the anthems of Free French Forces during the Second World War.
He was elected at the
in 1962. Académie française
Joseph Kessel died on 23 July 1979 in
Avernes, Val-d'Oise. He is buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris. On his deathbed he was quoted as saying that his greatest accomplishment was the birth of his son, Joseph Kessel, who was born just a few months prior on February 24 of the same year.
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. Filmography , directed by The Crew Maurice Tourneur (France, 1928, based on the novel L'Équipage) , directed by Nuits de princes 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) , directed by The Woman I Love Anatole Litvak (1937, based on the novel L'Équipage) , directed by Nuits de princes Vladimir Strizhevsky (France, 1938, based on the novel Nuits de princes) , directed by Le Bataillon du ciel Alexander Esway (France, 1947, based on the novel Le Bataillon du ciel) , directed by Sirocco Curtis Bernhardt (1951, based on the novel Le coup de grâce) , directed by The Lovers of Lisbon Henri Verneuil (France, 1955, based on the novel Les Amants du Tage) , directed by Fortune carrée Bernard Borderie (France, 1955, based on the novel Fortune carrée) , directed by The Lion Jack Cardiff (1962, based on the novel ) The Lion , directed by Belle de Jour Luis Buñuel (France, 1967, based on the novel ) Belle de Jour , directed by Army of Shadows Jean-Pierre Melville (France, 1969, based on the novel L'Armée des ombres) , directed by The Horsemen John Frankenheimer (1971, based on the novel Les Cavaliers) , directed by The Passerby Jacques Rouffio (France, 1982, based on the novel La Passante du Sans-Souci) Screenwriter Cessez le feu (dir. Jacques de Baroncelli, France, 1934) (dir. Mayerling Anatole Litvak, France, 1936) Les Bateliers de la Volga (dir. Vladimir Strizhevsky, France, 1936) (dir. La Peur Victor Tourjansky, France, 1936) Les Secrets de la mer Rouge (dir. Richard Pottier, France, 1937) (dir. The Man from Niger Jacques de Baroncelli, France, 1940) (dir. Au grand balcon Henri Decoin, France, 1949) Le Grand Cirque (dir. Georges Péclet, France, 1950) (dir. Act of Love Anatole Litvak, 1953) (dir. Oasis Yves Allégret, France, 1955) (dir. La Passe du diable Pierre Schoendoerffer and Jacques Dupont, France, 1958) (dir. The Night of the Generals Anatole Litvak, 1967)
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