Question 7 (1961)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama, Propaganda Film  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - USA, West Germany  |  
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Christian de Bresson plays the son of East German minister Michael Gwynn. The Communist regime has decreed that all children of "dissidents" will be denied entry in a prestigious music conservatory. Anxious to be accepted, young de Bresson 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, the boy is invited by the Communist Party to perform at the Berlin Youth Festival. The boy's father 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 persons of the cloth. It is de Bresson himself who decides to quit the Festival and defect to the West. Financed by Lutheran Film Associates, Question 7 was given an honored showcase by the Berlin Film Festival--held, of course, in the western sector.



advice, bishop, Communism, decision, dilemma, faith, life-choices, music, pawn [person], performer, politician, religion, teacher