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The Fifth Cord (1975)

Franco Nero , Silvia Monti , Luigi Bazzoni  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edmund Purdom
  • Directors: Luigi Bazzoni
  • Writers: Luigi Bazzoni, David McDonald Devine, Mario Fanelli, Mario di Nardo
  • Producers: Manolo Bolognini
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E41MT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fifth Cord" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Giornata Nera (Black Days)" - Interviews with star Franco Nero and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • Theatrical Trailer

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"A TERRIFIC LOOKING & SOUNDING GIALLO...As Obsessed And Quirky As Argento At His Best!" -- DVD Maniacs

Product Description

"I am going to commit murder," intones the faceless killer. "I can imagine the thrill and pleasure I will experience as I stalk my victim. There must be no mistakes!" But when four trendy socialites are brutally murdered, an alcoholic reporter (a terrific performance by Franco Nero) begins to unravel a twisted trail of clues. Can this desperate journalist stop a depraved psychopath before he himself becomes the fifth victim?

THE FIFTH CORD has it all: kinky sex, shocking violence, stunning cinematography by Oscar(r) winner Vittorio Storaro (BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, APOCALYPSE NOW), a classic score by Ennio Morricone, and much more. Pamela Tiffin (THE PLEASURE SEEKERS), Silvia Monti (LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN), Edmund Purdom (PIECES), Agostina Belli (REVOLVER) and Ira von Furstenberg (5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON) co-star in this superior giallo directed by Luigi Bazzoni now transferred from the original camera negative in High Definition and available in America for the first time ever.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Wedge of Giallo Eye Candy April 1, 2006
With Franco Nero as the lead and cinematography by the multiple Oscar-winning Vittorio Storaro you'd be a fool not to expect an extremely good looking film. And if you're a fan of murder mysteries--especially the Italian variety known as gialli--then you'll probably eat this one up. The story is pretty thin and it's not gore soaked like many others, but it's really thick with a somber, tense, shadow-filled atmosphere and it's well acted by the jaw droppingly handsome Nero, Rosella Falk and Sylvia Monti. The climax, which begins in a fantastic modern house and ends in an abandoned factory is, for once, well choreographed and exciting. Good score by Ennio Morricone and did I say it's gorgeous to look at? Well, it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nero stands out. November 6, 2008
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Giallos are great type of thriller to enjoy , not all of them have
superbloody gory killings. Some like 'knife of ice" barely show any killing. Film noir and the films of Alfred Hitchcock also can be within this genre as well as splatter flicks that are decended from mario bava's "bay of blood." This is a story driven giallo in which the hero of the story only becomes less of a drunken loser through trying to find out who this killer is. At first he doesn't care and he's not a nice person , in fact he slaps around one of his girlfriends while drunk. But by the end of the movie he's ready to risk his life for others. Franco Nero, who is a fantastic actor who pulls this transformation off nicely. Blue Underground cleaned this movie up too. I always buy blue underground movies because you know that they care about making a movie look good.
Of late the major studios have also been cleaning up their movies on blu ray, a field that blue underground is also entering into.
Too many other companies just sling out bad prints and don't even bother to try to fix them. If you like mysteries and thrillers and don't expect a gore fest then you will enjoy figuring out who the killer is. I have seen many giallos and didn't guess who it was or why the killings were occurring until the last scene. This was just a great flick in a cool type of movie from the ultra cool 1970's. The heyday of all kinds of giallos also known as thrillers and mystery movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And You Though The First Four Were Scary! August 17, 2006
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Giallo fans need only apply. And giallo fans will know what to expect from this one. There's akilla on the loose and he's hinting that there will be five murders. What's the connection with the victims? Like I'm gonna tell you, you'd just better see it. The man hot on the killer's trail is alcoholic reporter Franco Nero! There were about eight billion giallos around at this time, and The Fifth Cord stands above many of them. It's got a great look and a very good performance from Nero. Nero is a very good actor, probably one of the best to come out of Italy, and because of this he gives his character more depth than the average giallo hero. Not much for gore, but this film really doesn't need it. Yet again, Blue Underground has done us all a favor by releasing this film and cleaning it up as good as possible. They also give us a 16 minute interview with both Nero and director, Luigi Bazzoni, who apparently was a really cool guy. Giallo fans should be pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Geometry of Shadows April 23, 2010
"I am going to commit murder," whispers our killer, as the camera flits around the jaded revellers at a New Year shindig. "I can imagine the thrill and pleasure I will experience as I stalk my victim..."

Shortly after, John Lubbock (Maurizio Bonuglia) survives an attack in an underpass on his way home, and journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero), a fellow attendee, decides to investigate. Then a second party goer - invalid Doctor's wife Sophia Bini (Rossella Falk) - is attacked and killed in her home, and Andrea's elderly editor is found dead in a local park, both bodies accompanied by the killer's calling card (a black glove with first one then subsequent fingers cut off). Suddenly, the outspoken, hard-drinking journalist finds himself rising swiftly up the list of suspects.

What raises The Fifth Cord above the average giallo is striking cinematography and a couple of genuinely suspense-filled murders. The sequence involving the Doctor's wife is the most characteristic of the genre. Taking place in a huge and intimidating bedroom it also evokes the Gothic feel of old Hollywood and the memory of a certain Mrs de Winter. Bazzoni expertly handles the build-up of tension, getting the unfortunate Mrs Bini out of bed and crawling along the floor in a rising panic as first her wheelchair then telephone (her lifeline) vanish into the shadows. There's an almost supernatural element at play here. When the familiar gloved hands suddenly appear either side of the screen to slowly descend from behind and wrap themselves around her throat, they seem almost disembodied.

In contrast, the rest of the film is a study in modernity. Everything is concrete and glass, clean lines and polished surfaces.
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