‘The Searchers’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

October 17, 2019

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John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in “The Searchers” and Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

John Wayne as Ethan Edwards in “The Searchers” and Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

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Two highlights from our American Icons special series. First, producer Arun Venugopal revisits “The Searchers,” the John Ford film starring John Wayne that is widely regarded as a masterpiece, but which many see as racially problematic in the way that Wayne’s character pursues revenge against the Comanche who killed his family in a raid. Then, producer June Thomas on the unlikely history of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” the movie that flopped in theaters when it was released in 1975, only to become an interactive movie experience where audiences shouted back at the screen, brandished water pistols and delighted in the film’s risqué raucousness.

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