Lawrence O'Toole
March 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Another film about ballroom dancing you can rent is James Ivory’s Roseland (1977, Connoisseur), a trio of tales about the lovelorn at Manhattan’s social-dance palace. Helen Gallagher is an aging dance teacher and Christopher Walken a disaffected gigolo. B

For a movie in which romance and dance go hand in glove, there’s Saturday Night Fever (1977, Paramount). John Travolta as Tony Manero struts his stuff for Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney) in disco sequences that are sensational. The movie, a time capsule, now seems astonishingly innocent. A

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969, ABC) is about the despair behind dance marathons of the Depression. Jane Fonda is memorable as Gloria; and Gig Young won an Oscar as the blowhard emcee. Sydney Pollack stages the marathon segments with devastating intensity. A

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