John Kiztmiller, the first african - american who has recieved the award of best actor at the Cannes film festival
John Kitzmiller borns in Battle Creek (Michigan) the 4th of December 1913. During the second world war he joins the us army and he becomes captain in the engineers serving with the 92th infantry division. In 1943 he participates to the liberation of Italy and falls in love for the country where he decides to live in after the war. His artistic career begins when he meets the producer Carlo Ponti. Kitzmiller performs in some Italian movies where he often plays the hungry black man who fights against the racists. Among his filmography we must notice "Without pity" (1948) scripted by Frederico Fellini. This movie deals with a single white mother who falls in love with a black soldier. The American film critics reject this movie because they don't like to watch interracial love scenes. But the movie was very popular in the American art house and in the University circuit among the black students. The movie them will be taking back forty years after by Spike Lee in "Jungle fever".
In 1957 John Kitzmiller becomes the first African - American actor receiving the best actor award at the Cannes film festival for his performance in "The valley of peace" movie. This movie deals with a meeting between an African - American pilot parachutes from his plane shoted by the German army and two young orphans (a boy and a girl). The two orphans parents have been killed during a bombing and the pilot decides to stay with them in spite of the danger. The Germans and the partisans know that he has survived from his plane crash and they have two different purposes. The German want to catch him and the partisans want to help him. After his movie who was a success Kitzmiller becomes to be a movie star. In 1962 he performs as Quarrel in the first James Bond "Dr. No". He dies three years after.