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Great Freedom No. 7 (Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7)

Great Freedom No. 7
Scene from "Great Freedom No. 7" (photo © Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

The four-mast boat, the Padua, sails into Hamburg's harbor. Jens, Fiete and Karl go on land to visit their friend Hannes, one of the their former colleagues aboard the Padua. Hannes now works as a singer at the famous Hamburg Hippodrom.

Just as the four friends are celebrating their reunion, Hannes receives a call that his brother is in the hostipal dying. Feeling a sense of obligation, Hannes takes over the responsibility for looking after his brother's ex-girlfriend Gisa. Feeling an attraction to Hannes, she moves in with him, but Hannes only sees her as the girl his brother left behind. When Gisa starts dating someone else, Hannes becomes jealous and finally notices his own attraction to her.

Jens and Fiete try to convince him to join them once again aboard the Padua. Faced with his realization, Hannes has to make a decision...


Helmut Kaeutner was born in 1908 in Duesseldorf and died in 1980 in Italy. He studied German, Art History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theater Studies and was one of the founding members of the cabaret group "Die vier Nachrichter", which was banned in 1935. Originally working in the theater as an actor and director, he began his film work as a scriptwriter. His directorial debut was with the film Kitty and the World Conference (Kitty und die Weltkonferenz, 1939), but the film was withdrawn by the Nazi government due to its "pro-English tendencies". His other films include: Kleider machen Leute (1940), Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska! (1941), Anuschka (1942), Romance in a Minor Key (Romanze in Moll, 1943), Great Freedom No. 7 (Grosse Freiheit Nr. 7, 1944), Seven Journeys (In jenen Tagen, 1947), The Original Sin (Der Apfel ist ab, 1948), The Last Bridge (Die letzte Bruecke, 1953) - winner of a German Film Award in 1954, Sky Without Stars (Himmel ohne Sterne, 1955), The Devil's General (Des Teufels General, 1955), The Captain of Koepenik (Der Hauptmann von Koepenik, 1956) - winner of two German Film Awards in 1957, The Affairs of Julie (Die Zuercher Verlobung, 1957), The Restless Years (Zu jung, 1958), Stranger in My Arms (Ein Fremder in meinen Armen, 1959), Lausbubengeschichten (1964), and Die Feuerzangenbowle (1970), among others.
Genre Society
Category Feature
Year of Production 1944
Director Helmut Kaeutner
Screenplay Helmut Kaeutner, Richard Nicolas
Cinematography Werner Krien
Anneliese Schoennenbeck
Werner Eisbrenner
Max Mellin, Gerhard Ladner
Cast Hans Albers, Ilse Werner, Hans Soehnker, Gustav Knuth, Guenther Lueders, Hilde Hildebrand, Ethel Reschke, Kurt Wieschala, Helmut Kaeutner
Producer Hans Tost
Production Company Terra-Filmkunst/Berlin
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Awards Swedish Critics' Award 1945
German Distributor Transit Film/Munich

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