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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden (2014)

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Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to its marvelously lurid premise, but The Galapagos Affair is still stranger than fiction in a very entertaining way.

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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 by the island community's lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today. (c) Zeitgeist

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Cast

Gustaf Skarsgård
as Rolf Blomberg
Cate Blanchett
as Dore Strauch
Josh Radnor
as John Garth
Connie Nielsen
as Baroness Eloise von Wagner
Diane Kruger
as Margret Wittmer
Thomas Kretschmann
as Friedrich Ritter
Sebastian Koch
as Heinz Wittmer
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The film builds tension slowly and steadily and shows the stuff of true crime in an exotic land. The directors resist sensationalizing, and instead mete out the story in thorough--perhaps too thorough-- details.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

To make a thrilling documentary about the past, you need dead people who were honest or creative in ways you can exploit. This extraordinary film, which deconstructs a murder mystery from the Thirties, has such people in spades.

July 25, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Quite a few pounds of fat could have been cut from this film, but it's a remarkable tale.

July 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Could do with a brisker edit, but the bizarre, exotic nature of the subject matter is wholly riveting and confidently staged.

July 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved.

May 15, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934.

May 9, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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