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[DVD Review] Herb and Dorothy

Who says you have to be rich to own nice things? Certainly not Herb and Dorothy. This documentary tells the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, art collectors and the cutest little elderly couple you’ve ever seen.

It starts in the 1960s. Herb and Dorothy just got married and are living in New York City, where they each try their hand at being artists. They decorate their entire (very small) apartment with their own works. Then comes the Minimalist and Conceptual Art period, and the pair gradually begin replacing their works with a modest collection of art by relatively unknown artists. The only guidelines for these pieces were that they had to fit in the Vogel’s one-bedroom apartment and they had to be affordable. If they got something home and it didn’t fit in their space, they would swap it for another piece.

Neither of the Vogels was particularly well off.
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6 SALES licensed 'The Narrows' to Koba for France and Movie Bank for Benelux after its premiere showing in Toronto. 'Wave' went to ARD Degeto for free TV in Germany and Kino Swiat for Poland.

ARTHOUSE FILMS licensed 'The Universe of Keith Haring' to Pretty Pictures for France and Germany. ARTHOUSE FILMS acquired international sales rights to 'Chuck Close'. Arthouse plans a theatrical release early 2009. Arthouse Films acquired 'Herb & Dorothy' which recently won best documentary and the audience award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for North American and world rights.

ASPECT licensed 'The Utopian Society' to Scanbox for Scandinavia, Globcom for Romania, and Front Row for the Middle East. 'Familiar Strangers', 'Drawn, In Memory of My Father', and 'The Clan' were licensed to Front Row for the Middle East. 'The Peter Green Story: Man of the World' was licensed to Scanbox for U.K., Ireland and Scandinavian distribution.

ATRIX FILMS licensed 'Buy, Borrow, Steal' to Anchor Bay for Austrialia/New Zealand. First Look Studios will release in North America.

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Arthouse nabs 'Herb and Dorothy'

Arthouse films has nabbed worldwide rights to "Herb and Dorothy," winner of the Hamptons International Film Festival's two top documentary prizes.

Producer-director Megumi Sasaki's feature follows post office clerk Herbert Vogel and his librarian wife, Dorothy. In the early '60s, the pair began pooling their modest incomes to amass one of the most important minimalist and conceptual art collections of the 20th century.

"Dorothy" won the audience award after its premiere at this year's AFI SilverDocs Festival before nabbing the best docu and Golden Starfish Award in the Hamptons in October. Arthouse will release the film in theaters in early 2009.
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