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Rediscover the First Woman of Film History: Alice Guy

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The pioneer filmmaker was behind many groundbreaking achievements even before the beginning of the 20th century.
'With a growing awareness of gender equality in film, a forgotten pioneer of cinema is coming back into the limelight: Alice Guy (1873-1968) is being celebrated at Germany’s most important silent film festival held in Bonn from August 15-25. Accompanied by live music, a selection of the French filmmaker’s works are screened there. “Following the #MeToo movement and discussions of gender equality, new research dedicated to Alice Guy shows that she directed more films than previously thought, films that had been attributed to her male colleagues in the early days of cinema,” says Stefan Drössler, director of the Munich Film Museum. One of the world’s first filmmakers: Alice Guy Late recognition Drössler has been curating the renowned International Silent Film Festival in Bonn for a number of years. He has also organized screenings of films by Alice Guy at Bonn University — in some cases not even realizing that she was the director. Stefan Drössler, curator of the Silent Film Festival Drössler mentions for example  The Fairy of Cabbages  (original French title:  La Fée aux Choux ), part of the festival’s 2019 program. “We showed it in Bonn last year, but it was not registered as an Alice Guy film.” Now digitally restored,  The Fairy of Cabbages  is on the festival programme – this time with the proper credit. In the early years of cinema, films didn’t have proper credits, explains Drössler; they typically only had a title. The pioneering filmmakers produced works very quickly, like on an assembly line. It’s only later that experts tried to determine their authors. And they were almost exclusively men. Through digitising, in-depth research and a different awareness for the role of women in early filmmaking, some works are now being reattributed. A leading female film veteran The story of Alice Guy as a pioneer of cinema has been well documented. Born in 1873 in the east of Paris, she first worked as a secretary for a camera and photography factory before discovering a completely new medium: film. On location for the first screenings of the Lumière brothers in Paris, Guy started working for a new employer, the Gaumont Film Company, and was allowed to direct there. Apparently with success: Some film historians argue that she was the first director of a narrative fiction film, but the claim remains disputed. Alice Guy went on to become the head of production of the Gaumont film studio. Serving in that capacity from 1897 to 1907, she established her reputation through her films. Typical of the time, she directed short films of different genres: action films, westerns and comedies. In 1906, she directed the ambitious production  Life of Christ  ( La vie du Christ ), with hundreds of extras. She also tackled the Western genre. An early feminist Guy experimented early on with colour and sound. She also reflected on gender equity: “There is nothing connected with the staging of a motion picture that a woman cannot do as easily as a man,” she wrote in the US magazine  Moving Picture World  in 1914. By then she was working in the United States. As a director and producer, she worked on several hundred films. In 1907, she married cameraman Herbert Blaché and moved with him to the US. She went down in film history as Alice Guy-Blaché. In 1910, the French filmmaker established Solax, her own production company. For several decades, she was one of the very few women at the head of a US film studio, along with Lois Weber. At the beginning of the 1920s, she left the film industry after a series of failures. She divorced and returned to France with her two children. Long forgotten in film history books For many years, Alice Guy’s name disappeared from most film histories. Over 90% of film historians were men, points out Stefan Drössler, “and most of them paid little attention to women’s contributions to the art.” The gradual rediscovery of her work came through a French film festival focusing on female filmmakers in the 1970s. The director wasn’t there to witness it. Alice Guy died in 1968 at age 95. Her memoirs were published only after her death. Since then, there have been various documentaries on her work, and festivals have organised retrospectives of her films. Women with guns in Two Little Rangers Leading female characters She had her own style, and “now that we know more about Alice Guy, it is easier to recognise certain motifs in her films,” says Drössler – enabling researchers to identify works such as  The Fairy of Cabbages  as hers. Other works celebrated on the big screen in Bonn demonstrate how she introduced feminine themes into early film. They include the silent Western  Two Little Rangers , in which armed women hunt down a villain. In  Madame’s Cravings , a pregnant woman has such strong cravings that she steals other people’s food. Women put their feet up while men do all the house chores in The Consequences of Feminism “ In  The Consequences of Feminism, she  tackled the gender issue in a particularly original way: “The film shows scenes in which gender roles are reversed,” says Drössler. Men are shown sewing clothes, ironing and taking care of children, while women are smoking cigars, reading the newspaper and being served. And on the streets it’s the women who are seducing men – who run away in fear when women approach them. This article was published on DW . Read the original here .'

'Saaho' to release in IMAX screens worldwide

Movies Tellychakkar

MUMBAI: Telugu superstar Prabhas' multilingual comeback film 'Saaho' is all set to release in IMAX format, besides the regular 2d format.The IMAX version of 'Saaho' will open not only in India, but all across the globe. The film will be digitally
'News \t\t\t 'Saaho' to release in IMAX screens worldwide \t\t\t\t\t\t\t MUMBAI: Telugu superstar Prabhas' multilingual comeback film \'Saaho\' is all set to release in IMAX format, besides the regular 2d format.The IMAX version of \'Saaho\' will open not only in India, but all across the globe. The film will be digitally re-mastered in the immersive IMAX format for all markets.While it has become a common practice to release Hollywood films in IMAX screens, the trend is not yet prevalent among Indian filmmakers, particularly the ones in Bollywood. \'Dhoom 3\', \'Gold\' and \'2.0\' have been among few Indian films to have had an IMAX release.\'We are thrilled to partner with UV-Creations and T-Series on the release of Saaho, a pulse-pounding, non-stop action epic that deserves to be experienced in IMAX,\' Megan Colligan, President of IMAX Entertainment and Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp said. \'Saaho\' is scheduled to release in three languages -- Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. The film is directed by Sujeeth, and co-stars Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Jackie Shroff in key roles. The film is scheduled to open on August 30.\'Saaho\' is Telugu superstar Prabhas' first release since his blockbuster \'Bahubali\' series. (Source: IANS) \t\t\t\t\t\t 13 Aug 2019 06:09 PM | TellychakkarTeam'

Tupperware revamps strategy, enters e-tail market

Event News Today

Tupperware, has announced that it is undertaking a strategic transformation and rolling out a multi-channel strategy effective this month.
'Chennai: Tupperware, has announced that it is undertaking a strategic transformation and rolling out a multi-channel strategy effective this month.The brand said this will enable it to expand its footprint both geographically and digitally.With around 70,000 strong consultants and distributors, opening new channels of customer access will further accentuate the growth opportunities for all stakeholders, it said in a release.Tupperware added that it intends to leverage its existing consultant and distributor base and make them a part of the brand’s new initiative.The Tupperware family will have the opportunity to either become ‘Tupperware Authorised Sellers’ on the e-commerce platforms, or take charge of ‘Exclusive Tupperware Outlets, it stated.MD, Tupperware India, Deepak Chhabra, said, “Tupperware is a premium lifestyle brand that has always attracted the evolved consumer who appreciates the brand’s unique design, quality and aesthetics.Our direct selling model has been a great success, but in today’s digital world, our marketing approach needs to evolve with the changing market dynamics.We want to expand our market coverage to reach new customers and bolster our share of market.I am confident our multi-channel strategy will deliver on this.” . The post Tupperware revamps strategy, enters e-tail market appeared first on News Today | First with the news .'

Parineeti Chopra to use fashion to address issues

Teen Telangana Today

On Tuesday, Parineeti shared a photo in which she is seen sporting a denim outfit with a blue T-shirt that has a heart shape print in the front in rainbow colours.It says, 'Love is Love'.
'Actor Parineeti Chopra has close to 50 million people following her digitally.She is now set to use her digital clout and stature as a fashion icon to raise awareness on social issues.On Tuesday, Parineeti shared a photo in which she is seen sporting a denim outfit with a blue T-shirt that has a heart shape print in the front in rainbow colours.It says, “Love is Love”. “Because…love is love #pride,” Parineeti captioned the snapshot.According to a source, it was the beginning of her social media campaign that will see her continue to raise her voice on important issues that are close to her heart. “Fashion has, is and will always make bold statements on issues affecting society.I have always strongly felt about equality and have always spoken against stereotypes.Today, I was celebrating India’s massive decision to decriminalise section 377,” Parineeti said.”I will continue raising my voice on important societal issues through fashion because I feel, as celebrities, we need to bring attention to important things that are happening in and around us,” she added. . The post Parineeti Chopra to use fashion to address issues appeared first on Telangana Today .'

Scientists bring hope to sepsis patients, new sensor developed for diagnosis

Training and Health The Health Site

Sepsis can now be diagnosed quickly thanks to scientists who have designed a new device for the purpose.But you must know about current diagnosis procedures too.
'In Indian, an estimated 34 per cent of sepsis patients die in intensive care, says a 2018 study published in the journal MedicineNet . WHO states that around 30 million people world-wide are currently affected by sepsis. An estimated 3 million new-borns also suffer from this condition every year. The data are shocking and of serious concern as well. They highlight the need to address this issue and reduce the number of patients being affected by sepsis. But, before that, you need to know what this disease is all about. WHAT IS SEPSIS? Sepsis is a life-threatening disease that occurs due to your body’s uncontrollable response to an infection. Normally, when an infection hits your body, your immune cells release chemicals in the bloodstream to fight against it. However, there are some micro-organisms, especially bacteria, that can interfere with your immune response . They trigger changes that can damage various organs in the body. This happens due to a bacterial infection called septicaemia. This condition is characterised by symptoms like fever, fast heart rate, rapid breathing and unusual levels of sweating. In severe cases, it causes other signs including dizziness, slurred speech, nausea, shortness of breath and loss of consciousness. The elderly and very young people are more susceptible to sepsis. There are certain risk factors that increase your risk of developing this condition. Some of them include a weak immune system, diabetes, liver disease, AIDS, cancer, severe burn or wounds, rising antibiotic resistance , etc. If not treated on time, sepsis can cause septic shock (characterised by dramatically low blood pressure and organs failure) leading to death. NEWLY DEVELOPED SENSOR CAN EASILY DIAGNOSE SEPSIS: RESEARCH Researchers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology has recently designed a novel sensor that can accelerate the process of diagnosing sepsis. They developed it after finding protein biomarkers in the blood. These biomarkers are early indicators of sepsis. One such biomarkers is interleukin-6 (IL-6). It is a protein produced by your body in response to inflammation . The levels of IL-6 protein can rise rapidly (hours before other symptoms begin to show) in patients suffering from sepsis. Notably, its concentration remains too low even at elevated levels. This is why traditional devices are unable to detect it quickly. Scientists state that this newly designed device, which is a microfluidics-based system, automatically detects clinically significant IL-6 levels in just 25 minutes. Also, it uses less than a finger prick of blood. “In one microfluidic channel, microbeads laced with antibodies are mixed with a blood sample to capture the IL-6 biomarker. In another channel, only beads containing the biomarker attach to an electrode. Running voltage through the electrode produces an electrical signal for each biomarker-laced bead, which is then converted into the biomarker concentration level,” says the study. For a serious disease like sepsis, which progresses rapidly, it is really significant and helpful to have a system that rapidly measures these non-abundant biomarkers. CURRENT DIAGNOSTICS FOR SEPSIS As some of the symptoms of sepsis mimic signs of other major diseases, doctors basically try to rule out those conditions first. Then, they perform various tests to confirm sepsis. Read on to know about them. Blood tests Doctors take your blood sample to test for evidence of infection, electrolyte imbalances, clotting problems, abnormal liver or kidney function and impaired oxygen availability. These are some of the problems associated with sepsis. And, their presence shows higher probability of infection. Other laboratory tests For more accuracy before confirming the condition, doctors usually conduct some more tests apart from blood test. They may include urine test for signs of bacteria and wound secretions test to know what type of antibiotic might work best. Also, if you are coughing up mucus, they may take its sample to test and determine what type of germ is causing the infection. Imaging tests These tests are performed to know the site of infection. It includes X-rays, CT scan, ultrasound and MRI. X-ray examination is done to create a two-dimensional picture of internal body structures to clearly see the area infected. During X-rays, doctors position you between a machine that produces X-rays and a plate that creates the image digitally. Computerised tomography (CT scan) helps doctors easily see infections in your appendix or pancreas. This technology uses X-rays and emit them from different angles to create various images. Further, it combines them to depict cross-sectional slices of your body’s internal structures. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce real-time images on a video monitor. In this regard, it is particularly useful to check for infections in your gall bladder or ovaries. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology helps in effectively identifying soft tissue infections. It uses radio waves and a strong magnet in order to produce cross-sectional images of the internal structures of your body. Line of treatment If your condition has been diagnosed early and the treatment has been started, your chances of surviving is good. Delayed treatment won’t do any good. People suffering from sepsis require close monitoring and treatment in a hospital ICU. This is because life-saving measures may be needed to stabilise your breathing and heart function . If you are suspected to be suffering from sepsis, doctors may give you certain antibiotics intravenously. After the confirmation of the condition, you may expect certain other antibiotics coming your way. These drugs are given to fight particular bacteria causing the infection. Also, within 3 hours of diagnosis, intravenous fluids are given. In case your blood pressure is too low, doctors will give you vasopressors, which constrict blood vessels and help to increase blood pressure. You may also receive other medications like low doses of corticosteroids, insulin to help maintain blood glucose levels, drugs that modify the immune system responses and painkillers or sedatives. And, if your infection has become worse, doctors may recommend surgery to remove infected tissues and for the collections of pus.'