The young rebel hero of Francois Truffaut's
The 400 Blows
… who we then then see grow up across four further films, each time played by Jean-Pierre Léaud.
Look no further than Truffaut himself, who used Doinel to mirror his own life in the longest and most complex piece of autobiography in cinema.
When Truffaut met Léaud, the actor subtly changed the character's focus. As the director observed, "I saw Antoine as being more fragile, more unpolished, less aggressive; Jean-Pierre gave him his health, his aggressiveness, his courage.”