The Fifth Cord
The Fifth Cord (Italian: Giornata nera per l'ariete, lit. Black Day for the Ram) is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Luigi Bazzoni. The film's Italian title reprises Dario Argento's practice of using animals in the titles of his thriller films. The film is based on a novel with the same name by D.M. Devine.
|The Fifth Cord|
|Directed by||Luigi Bazzoni|
|Produced by||Manolo Bolognini|
|Screenplay by||Mario di Nardo|
|Based on||The Fifth Cord|
by D.M. Devine
|Music by||Ennio Morricone|
|Edited by||Eugenio Alabiso|
|Distributed by||Jumbo Cinematografica|
|28 August 1971|
"Mr. Bild" is a reporter with a drinking problem who is assigned to investigate an assault in a tunnel. In the meantime, a number of murders begin to pile up in which the killer is leaving a black glove with digits cut off to symbolize the number of people he has killed. The speculation is that the first victim was not killed due to the intervention of a couple making out near the tunnel, but now the killer has returned to finish killing his victims. The police have no clues, but as Mr. Bild gets closer and closer to the truth, the police begin to suspect him, his newspaper tries to take him off the story, and the killer makes threatening phone calls.
- Franco Nero as Andrea Bild
- Silvia Monti as Helene Volta
- Pamela Tiffin as Lù Auer
- Wolfgang Preiss as Inspector
- Princess Ira von Fürstenberg as Isabel Lancia
- Edmund Purdom as Edouard Vermont
- Maurizio Bonuglia as John Lubbock
- Rossella Falk as Sophia Binni
- Renato Romano as Dr. Richard Binni
- Guido Alberti as G. Traversi
- Agostina Belli as Giulia Soavi
- Luciano Bartoli as Walter Auer
- Corrado Gaipa as Andrea's Chief
- Andrea Scotti as Vogel
From a contemporary reviews, David McGillivray reviewed an 80-minute dubbed language version of the film in the Monthly Film Bulletin. McGillivray commented that the film had too many "red herrings" to make up for the films "meagre characterisation, the scrambled course of its plot, or its shamefully deceptive ending." McGillivray stated later that Bazzoni's "briskly paced direction (combined with the efforts of the British censor) contrives to sweep it all under the carpet as quickly as possible."
Marina Antunes for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists while conceding that "Sometimes it’s just a bit too much and even the most astute viewer is likely to get lost among some of the weeds," praised the cinematography and Nero's acting, finally concluding that "While it sometimes loses its way, in the end The Fifth Cord comes together in an entertaining, occasionally awe-inspiring package that stands the test of time as a fine example of the giallo genre."
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- McGillivray, David (November 1973). "Giornata Nera per l'Ariete (Evil Fingers)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 40 no. 478. British Film Institute. p. 227.
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