The Mouse that Burned After Reading

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Watching the classic The Mouse that Roared on demand and was struck by this thought: what if the Coen Brothers remade this movie?

Then I had another thought: I think they did and called it Burn After Reading.

I know it’s not a literal remake, but consider the similarities:

  • both involve governmental ineptitude,
  • both have ridiculously farcical situations,
  • and actions that for half the stakeholders mean everything and for the other half mean nothing.

Anyway, check out this 1959 movie. Peter Sellers is typically brilliant in what seems to be a warmup for Dr. Strangelove. Then, if you have time, follow it up with Burn After Reading and see how off-base my observations are.


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