The Italian Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University will present the film Cinema Paradiso at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

This hugely popular Academy Award-winning film explores a man’s lifelong love of the magical, romantic world of cinema and his boyhood friendship with a projectionist, Alfredo, who leads him into that world.

Of this film the late Roger Ebert wrote, “Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.”

NOTE:  The film will be the original theatrical release rather than the 174-minute restoration of 2002.  The film presents sexual situations — and lots of film kisses!

The 1989 film,  directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, is free and open to the public.