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There's just something special about the number 3. Kubrick certainly seemed to think so. His films seem to all have 3 parts and are often centered around 3 characters. He particularly seemed to like 3-way conversations that involved tension and conflict. Here's a few examples from some of his films. Lolita: Love triangle of Humbert, Quilty, and Lolita Dr. Stangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: 3 simultaneous situations - the war room, the Air Force base, and the airplane. A Clockwork Orange: Continual tension between Alex, Georgie, and Dim Barry Lyndon: Family tension between Barry, Lord Bullington, and Lady Lyndon The Shining: Another family dynamic of father, mother, and son Full Metal Jacket: Tensions between Joker, Pyle, and Hartman Eyes Wide Shut: Another 3 member family, this time with a daughter instead of a son. Now, when it comes to 2001, Kubrick really seemed to show his obsession with the number 3. Here's the one's I've found. I&…