Agnès Varda was the official photographer for the Théâtre National Populaire before she was encouraged by her Left Bank colleagues, at age twenty-six, to make her first feature, La pointe courte (1954). A critical success and a financial failure, many consider La pointe courte to be the birth of the French New Wave. Between La pointe courte and her next feature six years later, Cleo from 5 to 7 (1960) Varda completed three short charming documentaries about places in France that held special meaning for her.