Hours of Operation: Summer 2014

May 10th, 2014 in Krasker News 0 comments

Film/microforms viewing ends 15 minutes prior to library closing.

Monday – Thursday 8am – 10:45pm

Friday & Saturday: 8am – 4:45pm*

Sunday: 10am – 10:45pm*


History in Action: Stories of Slavery in America

March 7th, 2014 in Krasker News 0 comments

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.



2013 Academy Awards: Winners Run Down

March 3rd, 2014 in Hollywood News 0 comments

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

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Best Picture
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.


Carrying A Torch For Columbia

February 12th, 2014 in Actors, Film Reviews by Walter von Bosau, Studio Arts 0 comments

ColumbiaStahrArtwork      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).

early columbia 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). columbialogo1939 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


Hours of Operation: Winter Intercession

December 20th, 2013 in Krasker News 0 comments

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


*Viewing film/microforms ends at 15 minutes before closing.


Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2013 in Krasker News 0 comments


Holiday hours are posted here: revised schedule.


New to Krasker: A Place at the Table

November 27th, 2013 in Krasker News 0 comments

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.


Hours of Operation: Thanksgiving Break/Weekend, Nov 27-Dec 1

November 27th, 2013 in Krasker News 0 comments

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.


Show & Tell: Young Frankenstein

October 31st, 2013 in Film Studies Resources, Mel Brooks, Memorabilia 0 comments

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.

young frankenstein
It’s alive! Krasker staffers lend a hand at Frankie’s photo shoot. That’s Dave at the top!
Here's a close-up. The movie was in black & white, but the poster is a Technicolor dream.
Here’s a close-up. The movie was in black & white, but the poster is a Technicolor dream.


Happy Halloween: Our Staff’s Scary Picks!

October 31st, 2013 in Essays & Reviews 0 comments

Halloween would not be Halloween without a spine-tingling horror film or two so here at Krasker Film we asked some of our staff the following question: What is the scariest movie you’ve ever seen? And here’s our staff picks. Give them a gander… if you dare!

AmityvilleHorrorThe original The Amityville Horror (1979)

~Lotte, work study most likely to fight her way through
a crowd of zombies in order to make her shift on time


sinisterSinister (2012)

~Adam, work study who now understands the importance of
doing verrrry thorough research before moving into a new house


theringThe Ring (2002)

~Eliza, work study with zero interest in watching any of our old VHS


talesTales from the Crypt (1972)

~Dave, night supervisor (We suspect he’s a vampire.)


tcsmThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

~Anna, work study who now must watch the original  Texas Chainsaw film …or else


roseredRose Red (2002)

~Jay, work study (And such a nice young man. Quiet though. Hmm…)


GhostwatchGhostwatch (1992).
People thought this rare BBC “mockumentary” hosted by beloved British
interviewer Michael “Parky” Parkinson was real & hysteria spread.

~Walter, Senior Technician & resident expert in all things
ghoulish, macabre and uncanny. Now he would pick something truly bizarre!


nmA Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

~Maya, work study/insomniac (Psst! Watch the original 1984 version!!!!)


thebirdsThe Birds (1963)

~Neha, work study (Ok, ok, I got a confession, she doesn’t watch scary
movies & didn’t find this all that terrifying but hey it’s a Hitchcock film!
She totally earns her Krasker Film badge for that one.)


And what’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen?


insidiousInsidious (2010)

But only because of that Tiny Tim song. Tip-toe Through the Tulips? Now that’s scary.