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The Fifth Cord (1971)

Giornata nera per l'ariete (original title)
Not Rated | | Mystery, Romance, Thriller | January 1975 (USA)
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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Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ...
Helene
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Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ...
Isabel Lancia
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Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ...
Sophia Bini
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Dr. Richard Bini
Guido Alberti ...
Traversi
Luciano Bartoli ...
Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
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Giulia
Maurizio Bonuglia ...
John Lubbock
Pamela Tiffin ...
Lu Auer
Corrado Gaipa ...
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Andrea Scotti ...
Vogel
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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no pause for any ponderous detective work
18 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Excellent giallo, with just a touch more of the thriller about it than is usual. Direction is assured, camera-work innovative and exciting with all the performances solid, especially the charismatic Mr Nero. The killer does not restrict themselves to women here, for a change, and has a go at men women and children. Fast moving and most entertaining with no pause for any ponderous detective work. Super stylish with amazingly spacious apartments, swirling staircases and contemporary concrete and glass splendour of late 60's Italian architecture. Last but by no means least a lovely understated but truly effective and sparingly used Morricone soundtrack. It's not a lot more than the same enigmatic theme repeated with various orchestrations but it helps the work enormously, as does the splattering of what sound like industrial music and also the silences, especially for the murders, no crashing crescendo, simply unnerving silence. A fave.


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