Alberto Bevilacqua

Alberto Bevilacqua (27 June 1934 – 9 September 2013)[1] was an Italian writer and filmmaker. Leonardo Sciascia, an Italian writer and politician, read Bevilacqua's first collection of stories, The Dust on the Grass (1955), was impressed and published it. Mario Colombi Guidotti, responsible for the literary supplement of the Journal of Parma, began to publish his stories in the early 1950s.

Alberto Bevilacqua
Bevilacqua in 1984
Born(1934-06-27)27 June 1934
Died9 September 2013(2013-09-09) (aged 79)
Rome, Italy
OccupationFilm director
Years active1970–1999

Friendship Lost, his first book of poems, was published in 1961. Caliph, published in 1964, was his break-through novel. The protagonist, Irene Corsini, imbued with his own sweet and energetic temperament, is one of the strongest female characters in Italian literature. His novel This Kind of Love won the Campiello Prize in 1966. In both This Kind of Love and Caliph, Bevilacqua oversaw the adaptations and productions of the film versions. This Kind of Love won Best Film at Cannes.

Bevilacqua was also a poet. His writings have been translated throughout Europe, the United States, Brazil, China and Japan. In 2010, his seven "stories" as he likes to call them, are included in the Novels volume of the prestigious series "I Meridiani.”[2]

Bevilacqua directed seven films between 1970 and 1999. His 1970 film La califfa was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Bevilacqua, aged 79, died in Rome on 9 September 2013 from cardiac arrest.[4] He had been hospitalized since 11 October 2012 for heart failure.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. "Morto lo scrittore Alberto Bevilacqua". La Stampa. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  2. Arte e Letteratura.
  3. "Festival de Cannes: La califfa". Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2009.
  4. John Francis Lane. "Alberto Bevilacqua obituary | Film". Retrieved 17 September 2013.
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