The Fifth Cord

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The Fifth Cord
Directed by Luigi Bazzoni
Produced by Manolo Bolognini
Screenplay by Mario di Nardo
Mario Fanelli
Luigi Bazzoni
Based on The Fifth Cord
by David McDonald Devine
(as D.M. Devine)
Starring Franco Nero
Silvia Monti
Rossella Falk
Edmund Purdom
Maurizio Bonuglia
Pamela Tiffin
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Eugenio Alabiso
B.R.C. Produzione S.r.l.
Dario S.r.c.
Distributed by Jumbo Cinematografica
Release date
28 August 1971
Running time
90 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Fifth Cord (Italian: Giornata nera per l'ariete, lit. "Black day for Aries") is a 1971 Italian giallo film directed by Luigi Bazzoni. The film's Italian title reprises Dario Argento's practice of using animals in the titles of his thriller films.[1] The film is based on a novel with the same name by D.M. Devine.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

AllMovie called it an "outstanding giallo thriller".[3]


  1. ^ Giovannini, Fabio (1986). Dario Argento: il brivido, il sangue, il thrilling. Edizioni Dedalo. 
  2. ^ Poppi, Roberto; Pecorari, Mario (1996). Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gremese Editore. 
  3. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Giornata Nera Per l'Ariete - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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