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Almost Famous Review

Ed Doheny (free subscription required) and the Jimmy Fallon character. (It would be interesting to see his thoughts on “Untitled”, the 10 year later Director’s Cut of the films that adds a lot of new scenes and information)

Towards the end of the film, Philip Seymour Hoffman gives us his great summing-up; tells us how “we” rock-critters don’t get the girls but do get to “tell how it happened”. Yet Almost Famous can be read as a subconscious plea on Crowe’s part not to be lumped in with the machine that killed rock (symbolised, interestingly, by the slightly Jon Landau-esque figure who takes over Stillwater’s management from the archetypal Spinal Tap-type Brit who starts out with them). As J. Hoberman wrote in his Village Voice review of the film, “Almost Famous is a movie that defuses its own bad conscience.”