On august 23rd 2004, the Parisian police discovered Les
Arènes de Chaillot ("The Chaillot Arenas"), a fully equiped movie
theatre built under the Chaillot Hill by La Mexicaine De Perforation
("The Perforating Mexicans").
All the summer 2004, La Mexicaine De Perforation managed this cinema
and showed dozens of movies doing the Urbex
One remembers that La Mexicaine De Peforation organized at the
Cinémathèque française's Chaillot projection room the Session
Comoda clandestine film festival during the summer 2003.
La Mexicaine De Perforation is member of L'UX, a Paris based
clandestine organisation whose goal is to improve and restore the
hidden and abandoned sides of urban inheritage.
The members of L'UX are largely secret, but its spokesman is
Lazar Kunstmann who just published La culture en clandestins. L'UX
relating 25 years of clandestine cultural actions.
Choice of articles:
The Guardian (Sept. 8, 2004) : In
a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema
Le Parisien (Sept. 4, 2004) : Les
catacombes abritaient un cinéma clandestin
The Guardian (Sept. 11, 2004) : Paris's
new slant on underground movies
Le Monde (Sept. 12, 2004) : La
Mexicaine de perforation fait du cinéma sous le Trocadéro
Le Monde 2 (Oct. 16, 2004) : Les
visiteurs du noir
Time Out Paris guide 2005 : Hidden
Paris - The great escape
Wired magazine (Jan. 20, 2012) : The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
May 1, 2005: The first images ever seen on television of La Mexicaine
De Perforation's clandestine cinema: Canal + : la Semaine du Cinéma with the interview
of French director Pierre Tchernia whose film Les Gaspards (The Holes) is a classic for La Mexicaine De
With Greg, read the interview of La Mexicaine De
Everything about the grammar of "La Mexicaine De
A Mexican perforator by any other name
Mexicaine De Perforation as an exam test (Text 2, page 24)
nuit avec La Mexicaine De Perforation. (Libération, Nov. 26,
La culture en
25 years of cultural clandestine action by Lazar Kunstmann the
spokesman for l'UX.