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 ...
Acclaimed at the New York Film Festival with a SEVEN MINUTE STANDING OVATION
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Did You Know?
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
What do you do at home? Stare at the wall and go quietly crazy?
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