Like millions around the world, we here at Krasker Film/Video Services are shocked and saddened at the untimely death of comic genius and accomplished dramatic actor Robin Williams. Williams was a good friend to Boston University and we are honored at BU to house many artifacts from his professional career in the Gotlieb Archive’s Robin Williams Collection. He has gifted every one of us, however, with a dazzling treasure of film, TV and taped standup appearances. Robin Williams will endure on our screens and in our hearts.
Film/microforms viewing ends 15 minutes prior to library closing.
Monday – Thursday 8am – 10:45pm
Friday & Saturday: 8am – 4:45pm*
Sunday: 10am – 10:45pm*
The following titles are now available to screen in Boston University Classes: 12 Years a Slave, The Abolitionists, Lincoln. Students may also watch them on reserve at our Mugar Library facility.
The fix is in & here’s who took home the little gold man in the top categories:
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Original Screenplay
Her (Spike Jonze)
Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Best Documentary Short Subject
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Documentary Feature
20 Feet from Stardom
Best Live Action Short Film
Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Best Animated Short Film
Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares)
Best Animated Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty, Italy
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
12 Years A Slave
For a complete list of winners visit IMDb. Krasker is in the process of buying and processing nominated/winning films for screening in current BU course so be sure to check out our online catalog regularly for new acquisitions.
NOTE: these films are NOT to be shown at out-of-class BU screenings or for student groups.
Who would you say is Hollywood’s most prolific actress? Who would you guess has appeared in the most motion pictures over the course of their career? A Golden Age star such as Bette Davis or Joan Crawford? One of the young talents who seem to be in almost every new film coming out? The answer may surprise you … but to get to that answer, we have to go back — far, far back. Let’s start at 1919, although our journey will go further back still.
1919 saw the founding of Columbia Pictures in Hollywood, which was originally called Cohn-Brandt-Cohn Film Sales after its founders, brothers Harry and Jack Cohn and their partner Joe Brandt. The name never really stuck with the public and in 1924 the Cohns changed the name to Columbia Studios, after the female personification of the United States of America (seen at left in this World War I poster). Early Americans were familiar with this image of “Lady America” as she was represented in many paintings and newspaper editorial cartoons. She was eventually supplanted as the image of America in the 1920s with the growing popularity and appeal of the Statue of Liberty. The Cohn brothers wanted that same instant recognition for their films and had the studio artists design “their” Columbia with Lady Liberty’s torch (seen below in their 1934 logo).
Here’s where it gets sticky. In 1939, the logo was revised into the image we are all familiar with today. Many actresses have claimed to be the models for the early Torch Lady logo, among them Claudia Dell, Evelyn Venable, Dorothy Revier, Viola Dana and Amelia Batchelor (both Venable and Batchelor are listed as models in their IMDB credits). I favor the argument for Venable – although the studio never publicly acknowledged her as the model, the comparison photos in this article are pretty convincing proof: http://magazine.uc.edu/issues/0912/Venable.html
This logo was used up to 1976, when it went through a number of variations, due to a number of different corporations (including Coca-Cola) becoming partners with the studio. For a while the Torch Lady was gone entirely, to be replaced by just the expanding rays from her torch. That all changed in 1992, when the studio (which was now a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment) decided to go back to the classic logo, but reinvented for the new era. They chose New Orleans artist Michael Deas to create an image for the ages and the one that is still known today.
When Deas got the assignment, he interviewed a number of models for the new face of Columbia, but could not find exactly what he wanted. A friend at the local newspaper told him he had just the woman for the job, a graphic artist named Jenny Joseph. Deas met with her and agreed instantly – this was his Columbia. Jenny had never done any modeling, but was willing to give it a go. The entire session was done over her lunch hour, with Deas draping her in a sheet and having her hold a desk lamp from the office. The result was history. For more on their meeting and to see Jenny today, take a look at this recent news clip from 2012: http://www.wwltv.com/news/10pm-Hoss-Columbia-Pictures-Logo-Artist-176043361.html
So there is your answer … neither Bette Davis nor Joan Crawford nor any of today’s starlets – the hardest-working actress in Hollywood is no actress at all, just a graphic artist who decided to pose as a lark over her lunch hour. The next time you go to the movies and see the Columbia logo appear, do what I do: quietly smile and wave to her and whisper, “Hi, Jenny!”
Walter von Bosau, Krasker Film/Video Services
Friday 12/20: 8am – 4:45pm*
Saturday 12/21: CLOSED
Sunday 12/22: 4pm – 11:45pm
Monday 12/23: 8am - 11:45pm
Tuesday 12/24: 8am - 12:45pm
Wednesday 12/25: CLOSED
Thursday 12/26: 9am - 4:45pm
Friday 12/27: 9am - 4:45pm
Saturday 12/28: CLOSED
Sunday 12/29: CLOSED
Monday 12/30: 9am - 4:45pm
Tuesday 12/31: 9am - 4:45pm
Wednesday 1/1: CLOSED
Thursday 1/2: 8am - 4:45pm
Friday 1/3: 8am - 4:45pm
Saturday 1/4: CLOSED
Sunday 1/5: 4pm – 11:45pm
Monday 1/6 REGULAR WEEKDAY HOURS RESUME; WEEKENDS TO BE ANNOUNCED
*Viewing film/microforms ends at 15 minutes before closing.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving –a day of celebration, family and, perhaps above all for many of us, FOOD! But it is also a time of year that people reach out to help those Americans in financial need who would otherwise be left out of the holiday repast. So today we are taking a moment to call your attention to an important recent acquisition to the Krasker Collection: the 2012 documentary A Place at the Table. Featuring actor Jeff Bridges, A Place at the Table takes a sobering look at poverty in the United States and the lack of access lower-income individuals have to nutrient-rich, unprocessed foods.
A Place at the Table may be booked by current Boston University faculty for screening in Boston University courses. BU students interested in screening A Place at the Table in-house at the Krasker facility should call us as 617-353-8112.
Wednesday 11/27 8am – 8:45pm*
Thanksgiving 11/28 CLOSED
Friday 11/29 9am – 4:45pm*
Saturday 11/30 TBD: As of now, we will be CLOSED, but patrons are advised to call the Circulation Desk at 617-353-3732 for updates.
Sunday 12/1 10am – 11:45pm*
*Viewing film/microforms ends at 15 minutes before Mugar Library closes.
We at Krasker Talks! sure have the Halloween spirit today. On that note, our very own evening supervisor Dave Perkins is sharing with us a little piece of spooky-fun film history from his personal collection of film memorabilia: an original movie poster for Mel Brooks’ 1974 masterwork Young Frankenstein. Being a film historian, I flipped when I saw what amazing condition it is in. The colors are remarkably vibrant because it has been stored away from strong lighting. So let that be a lesson to all would-be collectors! Posters are like vampires. You gotta keep them out of the sun.