Carlo Bernari

Carlo Bernari (born in Naples on October 13, 1909; died in Rome on October 22, 1992) is the pseudonym under which Italian author Carlo Bernard is known.[1]

Life and career

He had no formal education after grade seven, when he was expelled, but read widely in philosophy and art. At an early point he became interested in avant-garde art and experimentalism. He also became close to leftist intellectuals and artists His first novel, Tre Operai (Three Workers), concerned workers issues in Naples.[2] The book may have been a precursor to neo-realism and reportedly angered Benito Mussolini who felt there was Communism in it.[3]


In 1950, he shared the Viareggio Prize with Francesco Jovine. In 1962, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work on the screenplay of The Four Days of Naples.

Selected filmography


  1. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 177: Italian Novelists since World War II, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1997.
  2. Encyclopedia of Italian literary studies By Gaetana Marrone, Paolo Puppa, Luca Somigli; pgs 183-185
  3. Censorship and literature in fascist Italy By Guido Bonsaver, pg 113

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