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The First Basket (2008)



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David Vyorst's documentary The First Basket takes a look at the early days of the Basketball Association of America. When it was formed in 1946, the majority of players were Jewish -- a fact that certainly is not true of American basketball just 60 years later. This film showcases how these athletes provided inspiration for Jews suffering discrimination.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Sports & Fitness
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On DVD: Jun 9, 2009
Laemmie/Zeller Films - Official Site


Peter Riegert
as Narrator

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Critic Reviews for The First Basket

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

It uncovers a fascinating and largely forgotten chapter of the game's history that is well worth revisiting.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A valuable reminder that for nearly three decades, basketball was dominated by Jewish players -- and coaches who found the sport an ideal vehicle for assimilation in the United States.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
New York Post
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When the history of the sport is allowed to unfold through the reminiscences of geriatric Yiddish pros, pic approaches the richness of its impressive archival trove. Too often, however, director David Vyorst's chauvinistic agenda intrudes.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Top Critic

The First Basket, a functional (if narrowly interesting) history lesson by the filmmaker David Vyorst, recollects the rich history of Jewish participation in basketball.

October 29, 2008
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for The First Basket

This was really good documentary on the beginnings of basketball in America and it's origins I'm sure will surprise a lot of people. It's all very interesting as you can see the game change, form and develop into the modern era and some of the key players from the begining give thier insights on how the game has evolved.

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