The Italian film 8 ½ will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall at Missouri Southern State University.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

As his next full-length film after his groundbreaking La Dolce Vita, Frederico Fellini, largely through improvising, created this autobiographical portrait of a director’s struggle to come to terms with his life, past and present, as he is pressured to produce his next film.

Filled with surreal and often hauntingly beautiful images in stunning black and white photography, the film features Marcello Mastroianni in perhaps his greatest performance.

The film is being shown as part of Italy Semester activities at Missouri Southern.