Fifth Chord (1971)





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This outstanding giallo thriller stars Franco Nero as a hard-drinking newspaperman who gets involved in a string of brutal murders. After he investigates the first, he becomes a suspect himself but eventually manages to unravel a complex plot involving blackmail, adultery, and private sex shows.
Art House & International , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Franco Nero
as Andrea Bild
Rossella Falk
as Sophie Bini
Edmund Purdom
as Edouard
Renato Romano
as John Lubbock
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A rather weak effort at giallo with the original "Django" star, though Silvia Monti looks hot as a young Loren/Welch cross.

Jeff B
Jeff B

The Fifth Cord (1971) -- [6.5] -- For a giallo flick, Luigi Bazzoni's "The Fifth Cord" lacks a compelling mystery or any memorable death scenes. But Bazzoni and three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor) damn near make up for it in their exquisite framing and painterly lighting. This film is unbelievably gorgeous to look at. Storaro bathes every scene in controlled, vibrant colors, often throwing glass and reflections into the mise-en-scene. Bazzoni's choice of locations, both interior and exterior, add to the visual splendor. So does hunky leading man Franco Nero (Django, Camelot). Pretty face, pretty locations, pretty lighting, pretty framing. If only Ennio Morricone's music could have matched the visual efforts, this could have been a total triumph of style over substance. A valiant effort, but Dario Argento retains the giallo crown.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

Nero hams it up doubling down on the J&B while womanizing his way into a pyschosexual plot of murder and deviance. It would have helped to have known that months were passing between each slaying (rather bloodless affairs by giallo standards), because the great reveal at the end was kinda of an "okay, I guess" moment. Dumb cops. Sex clubs. Hand wringing. And a great crawling Rossella Falk. Nero is not nearly abused enough in this one.

R.John Xerxes
R.John Xerxes

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