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ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film L'avventura

Where L'Eclisse feels more like a poem of disillusionment, L'Avventura feels more like a melodrama or, at the very least, like a slightly awkward transition between his neorealist melodramas and his more understated works. I do wonder if people would continue to regard this as his masterpiece if the scene they filmed where the drowned body is discovered would have been included in the final cut.