The Possessors

The Possessors
Directed by Denys de La Patellière
Produced by Jean-Paul Guibert
Claude Hauser
Screenplay by Denys de La Patellière
Michel Audiard
Based on The Magnates by Maurice Druon
Music by Maurice Thiriet
Cinematography Louis Page
Edited by Jacqueline Thiédot
Release dates
  • 19 November 1958 (1958-11-19)
Running time
92 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Possessors (French: Les Grandes familles) is a 1958 French drama film directed by Denys de La Patellière, starring Jean Gabin, Pierre Brasseur, Bernard Blier, Jean Desailly, Françoise Christophe and Annie Ducaux. It tells the story of an industrial and newspaper tycoon and his sons. The screenplay is based on a novel by Maurice Druon,[1] which won the Prix Goncourt in 1948.[2][3][4]

The film recorded 4,042,041 admissions in France.[5] Gabin received the 1959 David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor.[6]



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  3. Lichfield, John (20 April 2009). "Maurice Druon: Writer and pugnacious defender of the French language". The Independent. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  4. "Gaullist Minister Wrote Popular Anthem". The Washington Post. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
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  6. "Le grandi famiglie". Rivista del cinematografo (in Italian). Retrieved 2015-07-28.
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