“THE FIFTH CORD”— A Modern Giallo Film

“The Fifth Cord” A Modern Giallo Film Amos Lassen “The Fifth Cord” is a visually stunning exploration of alienation and isolation. When a man barely survives a brutal assault on his way home from a New Year’s party, washed-up 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 becomes suspect as well, making it even more imperative that he crack the case. His only clue lies in a series of black gloves found at the location
The atmosphere provides an entertaining mix of hard boiled American crime and thee rural charms of Agatha Christie. We meet Andrea Bild, a down and out journalist with a taste for cheap girls and bourbon. After a colorful New Year’s party, one of the guests is mugged and hospitalized. The victim is convinced it was in fact a murder attempt. There follows a series of vicious murders among the guests of the ill-fated New Year’s bash Andrea tries his best to cover the story but can only watch as one guest after another turns up murdered. The unknown assassin meanwhile promises contingency by leaving black gloves behind, the first with one finger cut off, the second with two. As Andrea struggles to rebuild an undefined past relationship, half-heartedly hold on to his job and behave generally ambivalent towards his soon to be married (not to him) girlfriend, he also has to clear his name and catch the real murderer. The assassin carries on seemingly to kill all the people who attended the party.
Director Luigi Bazzoni only seems really interested in the film as a vehicle for trying to break the consistency of every possible continuous action and creating memorable visuals. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS   Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative   High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation   Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks   English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack   Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack   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 Rhythm 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   Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love   FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kat Ellinger and Peter Jilmstad

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