The Galapagos Affair

A review of The Galapagos Affair by Rob Mason

I watched this film last night at the Sky City Theatre and can recommend it as a truly remarkable film.  To make it even more authentic the actual filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller were there at the theatre, and answered questions from the audience.  An amazing and memorable cinematic experience unlike any other I've ever seen.

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 philosophy enthusiast: Dr. Friedrich Ritter and his mistress: Dore Strauch 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.