Small Wonders (1996)

Small Wonders (1996)

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Originally titled Fiddlefest, this feature-length documentary was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and became the basis for the motion picture Music of the Heart (1999). Filmmaker Allan Miller follows the story of Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, an East Harlem, NY, music instructor who devises a unique solution to the budget cutback that eliminates her job in 1990. She founds a non-profit organization, the Opus 118 Music Center, to teach violin to 150 students selected by random lottery. A demanding, sometimes tyrannical teacher, Guaspari-Tzavaras expects extreme levels of dedication and commitment from her charges, even pupils as young as five. The payoff is public acclaim when the students perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" before a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, then play at a Carnegie Hall benefit and meet with legendary musicians Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman. Produced at a time of vigorous national debate over arts funding in public schools, Small Wonders (1995) gained considerable attention for its topicality.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Studio:
Four Oaks Foundation

Critic Reviews for Small Wonders

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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October 6, 2002
The New Republic
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Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Small Wonders

½

The doc on the bonus features of Music of the Heart that the movie is based that is nominated for an Oscar. What a dull film. We have sure come a long way in 12 years in quality of documentaries.

Anthony Stevenson
Anthony Stevenson

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