For bloggers and other writers about film, some of July’s most interesting posts were all about the cult of personality…but unlike your typical pop celebrities, the extraordinary figures featured in these articles have personality to spare and talent to burn.

Kim Morgan conducted the stars of Deliverance on a canoe trip down memory lane on the occasion of that hair-raising film’s 40th anniversary.

The New York Times’ J. Hoberman offered a look back at the stylishly muscular work of Robert Siodmak, crafter of memorable thrillers and films noir.

David Bordwell observed the evolution of early European filmmaking from masterfully choreographed tableaux to the incorporation of American-style editing techniques, with a focus on such pioneering directors as Joe May and Hans Werckmeister.

Farran Smith Nehme, the Self-Styled Siren, dug into a pair of nearly forgotten John Gilbert talkies, and bitch-slapped the myth of how sound ruined the great matinee idol’s career.

Turner Classic Movies “morlock” Susan Doll celebrated the films and career of writer-director Nora Ephron with a finely-written appreciation.

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