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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2014)

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

Overview


Genre

Documentary, Mystery

Release Date

April 04, 2014 (Limited)

Duration

120 min.

Studio

Zeitgeist Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine

Producer

Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder

Screenwriter

Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder

Starring

Story


Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos' "Adam and Eve", others flock there-including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Things would never be the same.

To bring this extraordinary story to life, filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) nimbly interweave newly unearthed home movies of these original settlers; testimonies of modern day islanders; stunning HD footage of native flora and fauna; and powerful voice performances by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Gustaf Skarsgard and Josh Radnor. Macabre yet inspiring, The Galapagos Affair is a gripping parable of Robinson Crusoe adventure and utopian dreams gone awry.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..all of this is fascinating in the moment, yet the doc never yokes all these threads into anything particularly deep or illuminating..”
by Keith Uhlich [Time Out New York]
“..a bizarre real-life drama of the 1930s is well told in this resourceful documentary..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]