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If one film perfectly sums up the Italian giallo’s commitment to style over substance then it is surely Luigi Bazzoni’s The Fifth Cord. Bazzoni at this point had no form within this genre and its just as well that he was able to secure the talents of Franco Nero on screen and Vitorrio Storaro and Ennio Morricone behind it. His narrative which was written in conjunction with Mario di Nardo and Maro Fanelli and based on D. M. Devine’s novel of the same name is a routine murder mystery that offers the audience precious little that Dario Argento hadn’t already delivered with his superior efforts. That said, what it does offer, is a perfectly serviceable, but typically convoluted plot, that weaves its way towards a very suspenseful climax. Bazzoni would follow this with the equally non-descript Footprints (1975) before disappearing entirely from the landscape of the giallo.