Apparently an alphanumeric
term or designation
, it appears in most of Stanley Kubrick
's films from Dr. Strangelove
on. I've read a lot about old Stanley, and I've never come across an explanation for what it means. Other directors do the same thing, say George Lucas
or THX 1138
, which is of course in reference to his first (admittedly very cool) feature film THX 1138
). In any case, it appears in the following Kubrick films:
Dr.Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
- This is the first and most obvious use: On the B-52 heading towards Russia, they use a "CRM-114 discriminator" to filter out "subversive" radio transmissions.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
- The spacecraft heading for Jupiter (Discovery one) has the model/serial/identification number CRM-114.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- Here it's starting to get a bit more opaque, but he still points it out for us - note when Alex is in the 'hospital' / reneducation facility undergoing the Ludovico treatment, the nurse injects him with a serum, but not before Stanley gives us a quick zoom in to reveal that it's "Exp./Serum No. 114" (C-RuM 114).
Barry Lyndon (1975)
- OK, it doesn't seem like it's in this one, but I felt like mentioning it because it's such an underrated film.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
- In this film is the most buried reference to it; the room that Bill Harford visits in the morgue is barely noticeable, but if you look, it's 1st floor, C-Wing, Room 14.
I've read one unconfirmed rumour that it means "Critical Rehearsal Moment", purportedly a term Kubrick often used, but I don't know about that. As far as I can see, it's probably just one of those things that will remain lost forever.
Incidentally, as further pointless items of trivia, Kubrick had a scene in a bathroom in every one of his films, and in every film used an obvious zoom shot, and distorted faces.