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Roseland (1977)

"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner.

Director:

James Ivory

Writer:

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Wright ... May (The Waltz)
Lou Jacobi ... Stan (The Waltz)
Don De Natale ... Master of Ceremonies (The Waltz)
Louise Kirtland Louise Kirtland ... Ruby (The Waltz)
Hetty Galen Hetty Galen ... Red-Haired Lady (The Waltz)
Carol Culver Carol Culver ... Young May (The Waltz)
Denny Shearer ... Young Eddie (The Waltz) (as Danny Shearer)
Geraldine Chaplin ... Marilyn (The Hustle)
Helen Gallagher Helen Gallagher ... Cleo (The Hustle)
Joan Copeland ... Pauline (The Hustle)
Christopher Walken ... Russel (The Hustle)
Conrad Janis ... George (The Hustle)
Jayne Heller Jayne Heller ... Bella (The Hustle)
Annette Rivera Annette Rivera ... The Hustle Couple (The Hustle)
Floyd Chisholm Floyd Chisholm ... The Hustle Couple (The Hustle)
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Acclaimed at the New York Film Festival with a SEVEN MINUTE STANDING OVATION See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The Roseland Ballroom had been previously used for filming around forty seven years earlier for a Warner Brothers Vitaphone Variety short which was named under the same title as this feature. The 1930 Roseland (1930), starring singer Ruth Etting, was the only time the dance palace was used for film production until this Merchant Ivory film. The short is available as an extra on the Warner Bros. DVD for Love Me or Leave Me (1955). See more »

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Russel: What do you do at home? Stare at the wall and go quietly crazy?
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Connections

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On a Slow Boat to China
By Frank Loesser
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Low Key
21 February 2010 | by LeaBlacks_BallsSee all my reviews

'Roseland' is a film made up of three separate stories set in the legendary Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. The first, entitled 'The Waltz' features the wonderful Teresa Wright as a widow who comes to Roseland in order to sustain the memory of her late husband. She meets Stan (Lou Jacobi), who offers her an opportunity for happiness in the present. 'The Hustle' concerns Christopher Walken as a gigolo with three women in his life, all of whom depend on him for different degrees of romance and companionship. In the final story, 'The Peabody,' an older woman (Lilia Skala) sets out to win a dance competition despite warnings that it could endanger her health.

All three segments are sensitive portrayals of different kinds of lonely people seeking some sort companionship and/or fulfillment. Out of the three, only 'The Waltz' is truly memorable, thanks to the great performances from Wright and Jacobi. The performances in the other two are good, but don't top those in the first.

The cinematography captures the dance floor activities wonderfully, and the entire film has an eerie, otherworldly quality to it. It's as if when these people step off the cruel New York streets, they are transported into another world. A world that is full of music, romance, and possibilities.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1979 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Peabody See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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