The term CRM114 is first applied to the radio discriminator aboard a B-52 in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

After Dr. Strangelove, the Kubrick rubric CRM114 appears in three subsequent movies. The spacecraft Discovery’s registration/serial number in 2001: A Space Odyssey is CRM 114, and in Eyes Wide Shut, the mortuary is located on Level/Wing C, Room 114. Kubrick cleverly uses the homonym “Serum 114,” a drug injected into Alex to help his reformation, in A Clockwork Orange.

I’ll have “Kubrick rubric” in my head for the remainder of the day.

(Via Buzz Andersen.)

Thursday, 8 March 2007