The Bubble | Chicago Reader

The Bubble

Producer Arch Oboler, whose jungle adventure Bwana Devil launched the brief 3-D craze of the early 1950s, returned to the format (renamed "Space-Vision") for this 1966 fantasy about a married couple who arrive in a strange town and discover that it's encased in a giant plastic bubble. By this time the technology had improved to the point where polarized images could be captured by a single camera, but the aesthetics of 3-D are just as ham-handed as in the previous decade, with various objects flying at the viewer. The high-concept story immediately calls to mind The Twilight Zone, though in fact Rod Serling cited Lights Out, the radio horror anthology Oboler masterminded in the 1930s and '40s, as a major influence on his show. Oboler directed his own script; with Michael Cole (later of ABC’s Mod Squad).

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