The Fifth Cord

by on Jan.20, 2010, under Daily Review

One of the lesser known Giallo films, this is a real gem. The Fifth Cord takes the usual premise of giallo. A gloved murder stalking the shadows, long coat and a quick step. What reason can one have? Vendetta, revenge, obsession or desire. A recoded message is played over some crazy POV with a fish eye lense. ‘I’m going to commit murder’. Creepy little voice. ‘I can imagine the thrill and pleasure as i stalk my victim.’

The 70’s always looked so cool too, especially in Italy. High fashion with a beautiful cast, many who end up with a knife in the neck. Franco Nero (Django) heads the bill as Andrea the alcoholic journalist, investigating a series of murders, or is he being framed? The stunning Silvia Monti plays single parent, a plot thread which leads us to an amazingly edgy scene late on in the film. Ennio Morricone adds a fine score whilst Luigi Bazzoni directs, offering contrasting locations from dark concrete landscapes to beautiful tree lined parks which reflects with Nero’s bleak character, surrounded by death against beautiful victims. Pamela Tiffin and Agostina Belli add to the whole atmosphere of the film. But it’s Nero who keeps this film on track. A stunning performance, with real character and presence.  


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