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The Strange Case of Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1998), AKA The Case of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Un siècle d'écrivains: Toute marche mystérieuse vers le destin (le cas Lovecraft) (A Century of Writers: A Journey Into Mystery, or The Lovecraft Case), or just Howard Phillips Lovecraft


A documentary episode of the French/Belgian television series (Un siècle d'écrivains or "A Century of Writers"), about and against Lovecraft, with a focus on psychoanalyzing his fiction and letters, portraying a caricatured ghost of Lovecraft using a wooden puppet under cross-examination in some sort of afterlife court case, while period film and photographic footage directly and indirectly related to the topic being discussed are played stream-of-consciousness-style in the background.


  • Release Date: 1998
  • Country/Language: French/Belgian, French and English
  • Genres/Technical: Documentary, Art/Experimental, Animation
  • Setting: (documentary)
  • Runtime: 45 min
  • Starring: Bruno Devoldère, Bernard Rapp, Ben Smith
  • Director: Pierre Trividic, Patrick Mario Bernard
  • Writer: Pierre Trividic, Anne-Louise Trividic
  • Producer/Production Co: Facets Video, Arte Video, France 3 (FR 3), Taxi Vidéo Brousse, Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to a G or PG?)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SSS__ (Three Tentacles: Lovecraftian, was probably written by Lovecraft himself.)

Apparently a fairly negative documentary about Lovecraft, focusing on and perhaps exaggerating and caricaturing his worst qualities. Not "Lovecraftian" in the sense that the term might be used to describe works of fiction, but still of peripheral interest to fans of Lovecraft and his work.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Aaron Vanek at Amazon.com, (link) - "...Not only do we get a nice overview of Lovecraft's life, but we also explore the moods and feelings of his stories. By the end of the picture, I felt I could almost see the world through Lovecraft's eyes. I think that's a rare accomplishment for a biography..."


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