Was Craven Wasn't Only a Horror Director: Remembering Music of the Heart

September 1, 2015 1:10 AM

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Was Craven Wasn't Only a Horror Director: Remembering Music of the Heart

In discussing the career of Wes Craven, who died on Sunday at 76, you have to start with A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, horror classics that will still be watched by terrified teens for decades to come. Craven himself embraced the success he found in the horror genre, but he does have one major directing credit that's nowhere near the gore and terror that characterizes the rest of his body of work. (And when we say "body," you should picture it covered in goopy fake blood, of course.)

In 1999, Craven directed the drama Music of the Heart, which starred Meryl Streep as Roberta Guaspari, a real-life violinist who in 1981 founded Opus 118, a Harlem, New York, music school for children. The film details how Guaspari fought hard to save the program after budget cuts threatened to take...

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