Rent The Fifth Cord (1971)

3.5 of 5 from 52 ratings
1h 30min
Rent The Fifth Cord (aka Giornata nera per l'ariete / Evil Fingers) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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When a man barely survives a brutal assault en route home from a New Year's party, washed-up, whisky-swilling journalist Andrea Bild (Franco Nero) is assigned to report on the case. Before long, the maniac strikes again, this time with fatal results. As the body count rises, Andrea falls under suspicion himself, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location of every attack, each with a finger cut off...
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Manolo Bolognini
David McDonald Devine, Mario di Nardo, Mario Fanelli, Luigi Bazzoni
Giornata nera per l'ariete / Evil Fingers
Classics, Thrillers
Italy, Classics, Thrillers
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
90 minutes
Release Date:
Run Time:
93 minutes
English, Italian
English, English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • New Audio Commentary by critic Travis Crawford
  • Lines and Shadows, a new video essay on the film's use of architecture and space by critic Rachael Nisbet
  • Whisky Giallore, a new video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie
  • Black Day for Nero, a new video interview with actor Franco Nero
  • The Bhythm Section, a new video interview with film editor Eugenio Alabiso
  • Rare, previously unseen deleted sequence, restored from the original negative
  • Original Italian and English Theatrical Trailers
  • Image Gallery

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Reviews (1) of The Fifth Cord

Moments of brilliance - The Fifth Cord review by RD

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It's not quite your average Gialli, which is unsurprising coming from the director of Footsteps on the Moon and The Possessed, though this film feels more in tune with that genre than say The Possessed, which is as much arthouse as it is a thriller. The performances are definitely a cut above in The Fifth Cord and there's more than a hint of Argento at his best about the film though it is a bit slow to get going, but nevertheless there are moments of visual brilliance throughout. Despite its slight shortcomings it is a film that definitely leaves you feeling enriched for having watched it, which is more than you can say for most films than exist as entertainment. Alongside his other work, it is a film that makes you wish Bazzoni had just made more films.

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