Question 7

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Question 7
Question 7 FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Produced by Lothar Wolff
Written by Allan Sloane
Starring Michael Gwynn
Margaret Jahnen
Music by Hans-Martin Majewski
Cinematography Günther Senftleben
Edited by Georges Klotz
Distributed by Louis De Rochemont Associates (USA)
Release date
  • June 1961 (1961-06) (West Germany)
  • September 28, 1961 (1961-09-28) (U.S.)
Running time
106 minutes
Country United States
West Germany
Language English

Question 7 is a 1961 film directed by Stuart Rosenberg and starring Michael Gwynn, Margaret Jahnen and Christian de Bresson. It won the National Board of Review Award for Best Film. It was also entered into the 11th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]


In post-war East Germany, Peter Gottfried is the son of minister Friedrich Gottfried. The Communist regime has decreed that all children of "dissidents" will be denied entry to a prestigious music conservatory. Peter is anxious to be accepted, and in order to get in he prepares to answer the seven questions required by the conservatory, the seventh of which will require him to deny his religious convictions. Before this can happen, he is invited by the Communist Party to perform at the Berlin Youth Festival. Friedrich protests, knowing that the Communists intend to use his son as a political pawn, to "prove" to the world that East Germany affords equal rights to clergymen. In the end, it is Peter himself who decides to quit the Festival and defect to the West.


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  1. ^ " Awards for Question 7". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 

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