Saturday, September 29, 2012

Observations on Sports 9.29

It's a given that I can sometimes be sports obsessed but this movie would look awesome even if I wasn't. It's a documentary about the Lithuanian basketball team during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics which was and is dominated by the original "dream team" in American sports lore. I first heard of the movie because it was selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival but I didn't remember the story. At ten I may have already been sports crazed but I hadn't yet discovered politics, hard to believe I'm sure. this is a much more compelling story than a group of millionaires doing what was totally expected of them.

From the Sundance website; "After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for their oppressor’s sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism, and willing newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics...." (full story)

The Other Dream Team


Release Date: 28 September 2012
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Greg Speirs, Jim Lampley and Bill Walton
Directors: Marius A. Markevicius
Writer: Jon Weinbach, Marius A. Markevicius
Studio: The Film Arcade

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