Sunday, 24 June 2007

A winner already

Sonia, looks like you're not going to win as many prizes this year as last. Claire has already answered the question (below) with this excellent response:

It's a homage to Stanley Kubrick. The movie is based on the ELF scandal, so the company is thinly disguised as FMG in the film. In 2001 Space Odyssey Kubrick went down a letter in the alphabet to go from IBM to HAL. Chabrol went up a letter in the alphabet to go from ELF to FMG.

So there is a computing connection and also allows me a chance to include my 3rd love, the cinema. But tell me Claire... did you know this or google it?

In case you others have forgotten what the question was, it was in yesterday's post and said:

Did anybody read the footnote on page 1 of Handout 2? Well, nobody asked me about it.... so the first one to explain will get a Mars bar, and, by the way, the same code was used in the recent film "L'Ivresse du Pouvoir", as a veiled reference to ELF - think I 'm getting off the subject here a bit but is just an excuse to get a picture of Huppert on the blog....


Claire-Marie Cluzel said...

H fnnfdc hs ne bnqre!

RoomTenONine said...

Actually according to Arthur C. Clarke (cited from several interviews, specifically on the newest DVD release of the film) the name of HAL and the IBM connection was a coincidence. He did not intentionally shift the IBM letters "down" one to HAL. It is an acronym that stands for Heuristically-programmed ALgorithmic Computer as explained in the book itself.