In the 154-minute version of the film, Salvatore happens upon a young girl who so resembles the teenage Elena that she must be a relative. Following the teen, Salvatore is reunited with his long-lost love — the girl’s mother, and shares one night making love to her. Afterward, he strives to rekindle their romance, and while she clearly wishes it were possible, she rejects his entreaties, choosing to remain with her family and leave their romance in the past. We also learn from Elena that the reason they lost touch was because Alfredo asked her not to see him again, fearing that Salvatore’s romantic fulfillment would only destroy what Alfredo sees as Salvatore’s destiny, to be successful. Alfredo tried to convince her that if she loved Salvatore, she must leave him for his own good, but she was unsure, and left Salvatore a note, with an address where she could be reached and a promise of undying love and loyalty. Salvatore never found her note, and thus never finds her, not for more than thirty years.






It then ends with Salvatore returning to Rome and viewing the film reel that Alfredo left for him, tears in his eyes. The mood is far more bittersweet, as Salvatore sees Alfredo as both the source of great love in his life — and great loss.



—————–From Wikipedia.