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The First Basket (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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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. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Documentary, Sports & Fitness

Jun 9, 2009

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

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: 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.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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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
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Students of the game will find the archival footage interesting, but casual filmgoers will likely be frustrated by the slavish on-court devotion to unflashy fundamentals and the inexcusable lack of dunking.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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David Vyorst's comprehensive and celebratory documentary presents the stats in one easy-to-follow, nicely organized 86 minutes.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

The First Basket is a moderately interesting documentary about a moderately interesting subject.

November 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Filled with terrific archival footage, The Last Basket is engrossing and fun, but tends to go on a bit too long.

October 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unforgiveable are the kitschy, Photoshopped graphics that maddeningly mock the defenseless interviewees from the sidelines.

October 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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