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 film's "Roseland" title refers to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. It opened as a dance hall in 1919 but in 1956 moved from its address at 1658 Broadway at 51st Street to a new site at West 52nd Street. See more
What do you do at home? Stare at the wall and go quietly crazy?
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Stranger in Paradise
By Bob Wright
(as Robert Wright) and Chet Forrest
(as George Forrest) See more