No, I’m with you. I think the version that runs 165 minutes is better, tighter. The longer cut, which I hadn’t seen/watched before, is just, well, longer, nothing really important is added. But both are great.
20 December 1968 (Rome)
21 December 1968 (Italy)
So does this film officially turn 50 today, or tomorrow?
Today, of course (day of the authorisation for public showing).
This advertisement was published in a daily newspaper on December 22, 1968 and refers to two movie theaters in Firenze (Florence)