Question 7

Question 7 is a 1961 American-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]

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


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.


  • Michael Gwynn as Friedrich Gottfried
  • Margaret Jahnen as Gerda Gottfried
  • Christian De Bresson as Peter Gottfried
  • Almut Eggert as Anneliese Zingler
  • Erik Schumann as Rolf Starke
  • Max Buchsbaum as Inspector Hermann
  • John Ruddock as Martin Kraus
  • Leo Bieber as Herr Rettmann
  • Fritz Wepper as Heinz Dehmert
  • Eduard Linkers as Otto Zingler
  • Marianne Schubarth as Marta Zingler
  • Philo Hauser as Barber
  • Rolf von Nauckhoff as Karl Marschall
  • Helmo Kindermann as Luedtke
  • Manfred Fuerst as Professor Steffl

See also


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