The Fifth Cord (1971)
"Giornata nera per l'ariete" (original title)

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An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ...
Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ...
Isabel Lancia
Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ...
Sophia Bini
Dr. Richard Bini
Guido Alberti ...
Luciano Bartoli ...
Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
Agostina Belli ...
Maurizio Bonuglia ...
John Lubbock
Pamela Tiffin ...
Lu Auer
Corrado Gaipa ...
Andrea Scotti ...
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
(as L. Antonio Guerra)


After a high-class party in Rome, there's an assault. The victim is injured but lives. Andrea, an investigative reporter who drinks too much, is assigned the story. Then, always on Tuesdays, there are a series of murders. At each crime scene, a glove is left with a finger cut off for each victim. After four murders, Andrea thinks he's making progress, but by this time he may himself be a suspect, and someone he loves is in danger. Written by <>

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Ambiance, architecture, atmosphere...
14 March 2007 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

A stylish, atmospheric giallo. Great score, great locations, superb cinematography by the great Storaro. The story, however, is quite muddled, but here, the mood makes up for that to a large extent. The cheesiest moments are the killings, where the cinematography jarringly becomes quite sloppy and day/night continuity goes out the window. This film makes me more curious about Luigi Bazzonis Footprints On The Moon/Le Orme, which I came across on VHS in a second-hand store many years ago. I was intrigued by the cover and the summary on the box, but I stupidly did not buy it. Regretting that the day after, I went there again and it was gone. Now my hope lies with Blue Underground, may they soon release it on DVD. Back to The Fifth Cord, its interesting to watch the blocking of some dialog scenes. What could easily have become, in a lesser director and cinematographers hands, simple crosscutting between two talking heads, here often becomes beautifully composed wide shots, sometimes with a dolly, sometimes static, using the rooms, spaces and architecture in a very cinematic way, and with great variety of the framing. A great lesson for aspiring filmmakers.

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