The Paris film festival was wowed yesterday at a special showing of the unearthed Merdini masterpiece, 'Homme Sur La Toilette.' In the film - completed months before the writer and director's death - a male proletarian is depicted defecating. The camera carefully studies the facial reactions that occur during this action.
"A masterful film," Proclaimed Roger Ebert afterwards. "This surely secures Merdini's place alongside filmmakers such as Bergman, Fellini and Meyer."
Merdini enjoyed a long and above all controversial career in film, gifting the world with such classics as 'Femme Baîllant' and 'Garçon Mangeant La Carotte', which mixed high art with fine philosophy. He was beloved of Western critics, who flocked to his philosophies, techniques and language. Of his masterpiece, 'Sexe Réitéré', critics said 'this is the finest blend of surrealism, existentialism and jism.' This last film was one of his most nihilistic and scatalogical.
The New York Times has proclaimed it as 'a film that blasts away contemporary taboos while questioning the very nature of our digestive routines,' while the New Yorker declared that it was 'shit hot!'