Music of the Heart

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Released 1999

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Director:
Wes Craven
Released:
1999
Rating:
PG

Music of the Heart is the 1999 music drama based on a true story, that marks the dramatic mainstream directorial effort of celebrated horror filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream). This is the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras (Meryl Streep), a violin teacher who single-handedly created a program to teach violin to inner city kids in East Harlem, New York. The film follows her from the dubious inception of the program, which started as a substitute teaching job, through the ensuing ten years where so many children wanted to be in the program that it had spread to three schools in the district and a lottery had to be held each year to limit the number of students. The last part of the film is devoted to her fight to continue the program after the board of education killed its funding. It culminates in a triumphant benefit concert supported by some of the greatest violinists in the world to raise private funds to save the program.

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