Jean-Daniel Pollet (1936–2004) is generally unrecognised today, although he is an important member of the nouvelle vague cinema, making important experimental movies. He can be said to have made two different types of film, of which the first often included the shy, hesitant 'Léon' (played by Claude Melki). Later, he branched into poetic cinema, making use of the works of such literary figures as Philippe Sollers and Jean Thibaudeau. In 1989 a serious traffic accident severely restricted his movement, and he came to see Francis Ponge as his main poetic influence. He was forced to limit his activities to Cadenet, in the shadow of the Luberon.