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The Fifth Cord (1971)

Giornata nera per l'ariete (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | January 1975 (USA)
A journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer who's been targeting people around him, while the police are considering him a suspect in their investigation.

Director:

Luigi Bazzoni

Writers:

David McDonald Devine (based on the novel by) (as D.M. Devine), Mario di Nardo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Nero ... Andrea Bild
Silvia Monti ... Helene Volta
Wolfgang Preiss ... Police Inspector
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Isabel Lancia (as Ira Fürstenberg)
Edmund Purdom ... Edouard Vermont
Rossella Falk ... Sofia Bini
Renato Romano Renato Romano ... Dr. Riccardo Bini
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... G. Traversi
Luciano Bartoli ... Walter Auer (as Luciano Baroli)
Agostina Belli ... Giulia Soavi
Corrado Gaipa Corrado Gaipa ... Editor
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Vogel
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra ... Man (as Guerra L. Antonio)
Irio Fantini Irio Fantini ... Man
Maurizio Bonuglia ... John Lubbock
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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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Mysterious Voice: [First lines] I am going to commit murder. I am going to kill another human being. How easy it is to say, already I feel like a criminal. I've been thinking it over for weeks, but now that I've giving voice to my evil intention I feel comfortably relaxed. Perhaps the deed itself will be an anti-climax, but I think not.
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Although intact on the cinema a 2 sec cut was made to the UK Redemption video release to edit a throat-cutting. See more »

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Ambiance, architecture, atmosphere...
14 March 2007 | by fred-83See 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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Country:

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

January 1975 (USA) See more »

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