Question 7
Directed byStuart Rosenberg
Written byAllan Sloane
Produced byLothar Wolff
StarringMichael Gwynn
Margaret Jahnen
CinematographyGünther Senftleben
Edited byGeorges Klotz
Music byHans-Martin Majewski
Distributed byLouis De Rochemont Associates (USA)
UFA Film Hansa
Release dates
  • June 1961 (1961-06) (West Germany)
  • September 28, 1961 (1961-09-28) (U.S.)
Running time
106 minutes
CountriesUnited States
West Germany

Question 7 is a 1961 American-West German 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 Socialist Unity 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.


See also


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