The Fifth Cord (Giornata nera per l'ariete, 1971)

US Arrow Video Blu-ray edition - region B stated on sleeve but plays region ALL
reversible sleeve



This is an only OK giallo due to the not very exciting script, but where this film shines
is with the 1. Outstanding cinematography from Master Vittorio Storaro, seldom if ever
has a Giallo looked better, maybe even as a piece of photographic Art, and 2. The
soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.

It's New Year's Eve and people are partying at a Club when a killer calls by phone and
says that he/she will kill five people during the New Year.

US Arrow Video Blu-ray edition - Reversible sleeve

The Bini couple, wheelchair bound Mrs. Sofia Bini (Rossella Falk) and Dr. Riccardo Bini
(Renato Romano) is the first to be picked off when handicapped Sofia is killed.
Poor Rossella had disturbing murder scenes as also e.g. her bathtub death in Umberto
Lenzi's 1972 "Seven Blood Stained Orchids" and she's out of the film early on.

The from J&B whiskey drunk crime reporter Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) starts sleuthing
around the mysterious murders and he himself gets threatening phone calls from the
killer to stop his investigating. The 2nd victim is an old journalist and the 3rd victim
is Isabel (Ira Furstenberg). Andreas girlfriend Lu Ader is played by Pamela Tiffin.

Text below in Swedish:

Fantastiskt foto av mästaren Vittorio Storaro i bra, konstnärlig giallo med musik av
Ennio Morricone. Franco Nero är nedsupne journalisten Andrea Bild som utreder en
serie mord i vädurens tecken. En man överfalls i en tunnel, sen följer mord på en
handikappad kvinna (Rossella Falk) där en svart handske lämnats på brottsplatsen.
Har vackra Helen (Silvia Monti), prostituerade Giulia (Agostina Belli) eller Edouard
(Edmund Purdom) något med saken att göra?

Några år senare så gjorde Bazzoni den ännu märkligare psykologiska drama-thrillern
Le Orme / Footsteps (on the Moon) med den magnifika Florinda Bolkan i huvudrollen
som en vilsen kvinna som inte kan minnas vad hon gjort de 3 sista dagarna.
Läs mer om den filmen på Gialli - Eurocrime sida 1

US Arrow Video presents the film in widescreen 1.85:1 with Italian or English audio
mono with english subtitles. Region all

Extras:

Audio commentary by Travis Crawford, Whisky Giallore - Appreciation by Michael
Mackenzie (28 minutes), Lines and Shadows - Rachel Nesbitt about Cinematography
and Set Design (18 minutes - Beware of nasty British accent, Sounds as if she's
about to puke any minute), Black Day for Nero - Interview with Franco Nero (23
minutes, in english), The Rhytm Section - Interview with Eugenio Alabiso (italian
with english subtitles), Deleted scenes, Italian and English trailer, Image gallery

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Below the old US Blue Underground DVD edition

Anamorphic widescreen, mono english audio, Interview with Franco Nero and
Vittorio Storaro (16 minutes, made in 2006) a cool trailer

 

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