One of the great character-study movies of all time is the 1933 film Duck Soup starring the Marx Brothers.
As President Rufus T. Firefly (played by Groucho) is interrogating a man named Chiolini (played by Chico) who is on trial for spying. There is this brief exchange as a General rushes in to announce that Sylvania, the country bordering Freedonia, is threatening to attack:
General: This means war!
Civilian Official: Something must be done. War would mean a prohibitive increase in taxes.
Chicolini: I got an uncle lives in Taxes.
Official: Nooo. I'm talking about taxes,...