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Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Martha Kehoe & Joan Tosoni |Canada |2019 |91min
Rating: PG


June 4:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm

If You Could Read My Mind reaffirms the late Canadian singer-songwriter’s position as a national treasure. The film is smartly structured around notable songs in the Gordon Lightfoot catalog, charting his journey from small-town, post-World War II Ontario to the coffee houses of 1960s Toronto and his chart-topping run of hits in the 1970s. The thrice-married Lightfoot is an affable, introspective and frank subject, acknowledging mistakes made along the way in both art and love, and the intertwined nature of the two pursuits. Kehoe and Tosoni weave together a bounty of archival footage and photographs to visually capture Lighfoot’s performances across his almost six-decade career. Any detail lost in the documentary’s nontraditional narrative is more than made up for by the powerful emotions it churns up.–Los Angeles Times

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