The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden


Documentary exploring the curious goings-on when a Berlin doctor and his mistress dropped out of society and resettled in the Galapagos Islands in the 1930s. Followed by others, soon an experimental, free-love society flourished – until some of the new arrivals disappeared and allegations of murder began to swirl in the air. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) delve into what took place by assembling archival footage, modern testimony, and utilising voice talent including Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen.

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Overlong, and the central mystery wasn’t as hooky/gripping as I’d hope, but still fascinating, densely storied piece of “human history” about Europeans in the 1930s turning their back on civilisation in search of paradise in the Galapagos Islands. Filmmakers blessed by an astonishing bounty of first-hand accounts and film footage, the latter almost hoax-like a la Forgotten Silver. For people so inclined to leave the developed world, it’s ironic they weren’t able to leave the technology behind.

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  • May be rather too padded with tangentially linked contemporary interviews, but at its heart there is some wonderful material and a gripping real-life story. Full Review