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The best of ballroom dancing

If the video store is out of ''Strictly Ballroom,'' check out these other dancing flicks

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

Originally posted Mar 11, 1994 Published in issue #213 Mar 11, 1994 Order article reprints