The Galapagos Affair

The Galapagos Affair

Satan Came to Eden

DVD - 2014
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Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. A extraordinary 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 island's 'Adam and Eve,' others flock there, including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson.
Publisher: [New York] : Zeitgeist Films, c2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 364.1523 G1312 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Satan came to Eden

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patch666
Jul 25, 2017

Truly bizarre story that I never heard of before. Ironic that these people scape Nazi eaurope and end up hating, fighting and eventually killing each other. Very few likable people on this island. The Philoposopher?/Doctor is an extremely unpleasant person. Would make a good mystery drama for PBS. Great voice over by Cate Blanchet, Diane Kruger and Connie Neilsen !!!! # of the most beautiful women in film but we dont see them. If someone makes a cinematic version I suggest casting all three !!!!!

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IV27HUjg
Oct 04, 2015

What a strange tale, but true. Want to get away from it all? Think twice. Somewhat interesting docu of malcontents isolating themselves on a very inaccessible bit of land. Children growing up with little, if any, social skills.

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humbleworm
Aug 22, 2015

To be very clear, this is a non-fiction documentary pieced together from old film footage, diary entries and more recent interviews. Mildly interesting but not entertaining. Sometimes you may feel like getting away from it all ... these discontents did and it didn't work out so well.

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lindakennedy
Jul 01, 2015

Having just returned from Galapagos and heard this story, it was most interesting for me. The old footage, descendents 'take', as well as the unmistakeable wildlife and setting, are all authentic.
While each sought their Eden, they discover that "they brought themselves" and that "Eden is not a place, but a condition."

d2013 Apr 12, 2015

Confusing at times but quite an absorbing story. For a Berlin doctor and his mistress it was their little piece of paradise until others decided to make it theirs own too!

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trotter73
Mar 09, 2015

interesting true story, narrated over original film and new interviews with descendants that still live there

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NFN
Dec 09, 2014

An interesting film that provides a glimpse of life on the Galapagos Islands in the 1930s, with the added interest of mysteries about missing/dead residents. I didn't find it hard to follow at all; each speaker's name appears on the screen, often with the date, so it's easy to keep track of everyone.

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Heyst
Oct 19, 2014

This is very interesting, but I Agree Saint Mirin-- it's hard to follow. The Extras fill in some of the gaps, and You can see they had a lot of material to edit. This film made me have more appreciation for how hard it is to make a good doc and the role of editing. Check out Maiden Trip and Deep Water -- also about sea going adventurers who want to escape society. They both have some of the same challenges as this film in terms of editing. I realized that good editing is the invisible skill so important for a doc.
This film has so much going on--Darwin, Germany and War, and the murder mystery. What it has to say about society and misfits and the Darwinian setting is fascinating. They use the lurid footage of the Baroness but refer to the goings on almost completely in euphemisms. They seem a little too timid to speculate, or even state the obvious. this would make a good feature film with actors along the lines of White Mischief.

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Saint_Mirin
Oct 13, 2014

I can't tell what happened. Instead of having a narrative or a cohesive first person perspective there's many people with different accents and voices speaking in the third person and past-tense. Very confusing and disjointed for a doc.

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