The Unforgiven (1960 film)

Which one does not forgive is an American Western from 1960, directed by John Huston. Basis of the film is the novel The Unforgiven by Alan Le May from the year 1957.

The unusual film was originally intended to illuminate the varieties of racism in the Wild West. However, the difficulties behind the scenes that led to frequent changes in the script, in this case known as the work itself Huston is often cited in this context, so that would give him the least satisfactory of his films.


An old man ( Abe Kelsey ) claiming to be a member of the successful Zachary (Rachel ) is actually a - a child secretly adopted - Indian. The Kiowa say it is one of their own and been stolen during a robbery. When the truth comes by the matriarch ( Matilda Zachary ) to light, reverse the rest of the whites Zachary's back. Ben Zachary tried to defend his family, but his hot-headed brother Cash finds it impossible to accept that his " sister " is a " red-skinned Indian ," and leaves the family. He then returns but to help in the defense of an Indian raid during which Rachel kills her Kiowa brother, thus definitively proves, on which side it is on.


Apart from the unusual combination of an Indian role with Audrey Hepburn, the film fell on mainly due to problems behind the scenes. The production had to be suspended for several months in 1959, after Hepburn had broken during the rehearsals for a scene a vertebra when she fell from a horse. In the end, she had recovered well, but the accident was believed to be responsible for their subsequent miscarriage. According to several published Hepburn biographies Huston gave himself to blame for the accident. Although he made the film after Hepburn's recovery done, but refused it altogether. Hepburn took the following year, freely, delivered a healthy child into the world, and returned in 1961 with Breakfast at Tiffany's on the big screen back.

Furthermore, there was permanent conflict between Huston and Burt Lancaster and his production company about how the substance is to film. Lancaster and his backers wanted a commercial and therefore not really controversial film, while Huston wanted to show the roots of racism in America. In the end, neither side got what they wanted to have actually


The lexicon of international film judges, the film was a " formal considerable precious Western who testifies John Huston's ability to powerful staging, the issue of race hatred but not worked up. " Joe Hembus thinks Those you do not forgive was a " prestige film " which " aware of the admiration of his audience " recommend, by the " casual force behind the better Huston movies " Anyway, here nothing to feel. Phil Hardy calls the film "fascinating ," says planner camera work "in soft, natural colors " and it turns out that Murphy abgebe the best performance of his film career in this film.