Cinema Journal, 26, 3, Spring, 1987

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Front Matter
Re-Placing "The Day after", 3-20
Gregory A. Waller
Abstract: This essay examines "The Day After" as made-for-TV movie and "special" event and discusses it in relation to two genres: the social problem telefilm and the story of a future nuclear war. Following the tracing of genre(s) in "The Day After" in this manner leads across media and into history and raises certain questions about the complex workings of contemporary American popular genres.
"What's the Matter with Sara Jane?": Daughters and Mothers in Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life", 21-43
Marina Heung
Abstract: An analysis of this film in terms of the intersection of issues of race, class, and gender yields an understanding of how the woman's film expresses ideologies about issues as diverse as woman's work and woman's suffering, mother-daughter relationships, bonding between black and white women, and the possibility of women's resistance to the social order.
The Musical Mode: Putting on "The Red Shoes", 44-54
Peter Fraser
Abstract: This essay makes a distinction between cinematic modes and genres and attempts to redefine the musical by use of a nontypical musical text, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's "The Red Shoes."
Dialogue
Directory of General Scholarly Periodicals That Publish Articles on Film, 58-74
Alan P. Barr
Professional Notes, 75-78
Mirella Jona Affron
Erratum: Crossing Wavelengths: The Diegetic and Referential Imaginary of American Commercial Television, 78
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