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The Fifth Cord

Italy 1971
produced by
Manolo Bolognini for B.R.C. Produzione, Dario
directed by Luigi Bazzoni
starring Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edmund Purdom, Rossella Falk, Renato Romano, Guido Alberti, Luciano Bartoli, Agostina Belli, Corrado Gaipa, Andrea Scotti, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Irio Fantini, Maurizio Bonuglia, Pamela Tiffin
screenplay by Mario di Nardo, Mario Fanelli, Luigi Bazzoni, based on the novel by David McDonald Devine, music by Ennio Morricone

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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One morning, John Lubbock (Maurizio Bonuglia) is found badly beaten up in a tunnle, and it seems that the assailant wanted to kill him - and he left a black glove at the scene of the crime. Reporter Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) is on the case quickly, especially since he has partied with the victim only the night before, plus knows those who found him. Not long after that, a friend of Andrea's (Rosella Falk) is brutally murdered, and another glove is found, with one finger missing - and Andrea lands on the list of suspects, presently mainly because he can't produce an alibi. Of course, that gets him to do even more research on the case - so much so that his boss wants to relieve him of the story -, but then more murders happen, and they're all somehow linked to Andrea, so much so that even he can't deny he's the logical prime suspect, and only because he's friends with the investigating inspector (Wolfgang Preiss) he stays out of jail - but now he's really under pressure to solve the case, all the while being sure that the killer's after him as well ...


Ok, so if you want to have a tightly and logically structured whodunnit, then you probably not ought to watch The Fifth Cord, as it's a rather over-convoluted murder mystery with a few too many subplots that lead to nowhere and the killer being drawn out of the hat in the end ... but if a logically structured thriller's your thing, then you might not be into giallo movies to begin with, as even the top of the crop usually suffer from plotholes and leaps of reason - and come out of it none the worse to be sure, as the genre as such has always been more playing on emotions than the intellect. And bearing that in mind, The Fifth Cord is a pretty good movie, it features tension and suspense, action and violence in all the right places, it's elegantly shot and directed, and the cast is most certainly top notch. And while it might not be the best giallo ever, it's still well worth a look not only for genre fans.


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