Three separate stories of the hopes of the lonely are told, with the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan as the setting. In "The Waltz", recently widowed May, a graceful woman who was married to her husband Eddie for thirty-five years, mourns the loss of dancing with her long time partner. Although she initially thinks him crass, May chooses as her new dance partner Stan if solely for what link Stan seems to be able to provide to her past. Stan tries to steer her away from that past and look to her future. In "The Hustle", a young man named Russel "works" as a full time gigolo for the wealthy Pauline, who is on the far side of middle age. Russel meets the shy Marilyn, Pauline's friend who was recently jilted by her husband, with whom there is a mutual attraction. Cleo, Russel's former dance teacher, wants Russel as her professional dance partner despite him treating dance now merely as a past-time. Both Marilyn and Cleo try to get Russel away from the life he leads with Pauline, which may ... Written by
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The film originated out of an attempt by Merchant Ivory Productions to adapt screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
's short story "How I Became a Holy Mother" which featured a scene at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The financiers did not want to finance an adaptation of this but they were affectionate about a scene at the Roseland Ballroom dance palace. As suggested by Don De Natale
, the team went to Roseland and conceived of a film to be set and shot at there. See more
You think Im vain. Cause I like myself? I like my suit. Dont you like my suit? You like my tie? Cute? How about the rest of me? My eyes, hair, profile. Legs long enough?
[Gestures at stomach
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Baubles, Bangles and Beads
By Bob Wright
(as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest
(as George Forrest) See more