The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair 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. Clashing personalities are aggravated… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The film feels less like a whodunit than a "why didn't they do it sooner?""
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Its unhurried pace and inability to wring tension from the conflicting accounts ensures that though it fascinates, the film never fully enthrals."
‑ Curtis Woloschuk, Total Film
"Despite The Galapagos Affair's bloated runtime, clocking in at a shade over two hours, the two-thirds of the film that is good is a very compelling illustration of the inescapability of human nature and the constraints of society."
‑ Derek Smith, Tiny Mix Tapes
"The Galapagos Affair is an interesting and bizarre story about the way in which noble dreams so often lead to folly."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The story at the center of The Galapagos Affair is fascinating and historically resonant, and Goldfine and Geller tell it well."
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
"With effective use of archival footage, modern interviews, and narration from survivors' journals, this doc will have viewers debating whodunit for hours over postscreening beers."
‑ Martin Dunphy, Georgia Straight
"Lingers instead of investigates, shaping Affair into something routine when the primal experience of life lived on an alien landscape is more fascinating, especially with these unique personalities and tempestuous time period."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
""The Galapagos Affair" spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"Move over, Charles Darwin, when it comes to great tales about the Galapagos, you've got company."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The peculiar fascination exerted by The Galapagos Affair is a testament to our voyeuristic desire for real-life tales of odd characters in awful situations."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Rare document of adventure, disillusionment and death, but the mystery remains."
‑ Jean Lowerison,
"This compelling piece of historical detective work is, in fact, less about what people have done to the islands than about what living on the islands has done to people."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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