Question 7


1h 47m 1961

Brief Synopsis

A young East German boy, the son of a pastor, is confronted with the choice of denying his religious beliefs in order to gain acceptance into the music conservatory which is run now by the post-war Communnist government.

Film Details

Also Known As
Frage 7
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
Washington, D. C., opening: 1 Mar 1961
Production Company
Louis de Rochemont Associates; Luther-Film; Lutheran Film Associates
Distribution Company
Louis de Rochemont Associates
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

The East German Communist Party is involved in a campaign to turn students away from their Christian heritage by denying higher education to youths who do not hold politically "correct" views. Peter Gottfried is a 15-year-old pastor's son who hopes to enter a music conservatory, but before he can be accepted, he must answer seven questions, the last of which asks him to name the major influence on his social development. Aware that he must deny his religious beliefs, the boy turns to those around him for advice. His teacher encourages him to make the "right" decision, but his girl friend, Anneliese, and his father urge him to stand by his principles. When the Party gives him an opportunity to participate in the annual Berlin Youth Festival, Peter accepts despite the protests of his father. Once in Berlin, Peter realizes that he is merely a pawn being used by the Party to refute charges that religious youth are denied opportunity under Communism. He flees from the festival and takes refuge in the West.

Film Details

Also Known As
Frage 7
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
Washington, D. C., opening: 1 Mar 1961
Production Company
Louis de Rochemont Associates; Luther-Film; Lutheran Film Associates
Distribution Company
Louis de Rochemont Associates
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 47m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Berlin. Released in West Germany in 1961 as Frage 7; running time: 106 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted Best Picture of 1961 by the National Board of Review.

Shown at the Berlin Film Festival June 25, 1961.

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