The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
USA, 2013, 120 Minute Running Time
Topics: Detective/Mystery, Documentary, History
Program: True Stories

In 1929, Berlin physician Friedrich Ritter and his lover Dore Strauch left Germany for the deserted Galapagos island of Floreana.

Inspired by Nietzsche, Ritter intended to live and write in solitude. But soon the couple was discovered by the international press who trumpeted them as "The Adam and Eve of the Galapagos." Others flocked to the island – first, the Wittmer family from Germany, who fancied themselves as “The Swiss Family Robinsons of the Galapagos,” followed by an Austrian baroness bringing with her two lovers and plans for opening a luxury hotel on Floreana. Then, two inhabitants were found dead and with the murder, this paradise became just another hell on earth.

Directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, whose 2005 documentary "Ballet Russes" dazzled Palm Springs audiences, bring this stranger-than-fiction story to life with newly-discovered archival footage that has not been seen in over 70 years. Supplementing these home movies, contemporary Galapagos residents give a unique and intriguing perspective on the events.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Co-Director(s), Producer, Composer

DIRECTOR: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Producer: Dayna Goldfine, Daniel Geller, Celeste Schaefer Snyder
Editor: Bill Weber
Screenwriter: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Celeste Schaefer Snyder
Cinematographer: Daniel Geller
Music: Laura Karpman
Principal Cast: Voices: Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Thomas Kretschmann, Josh Radnor
Filmography: Something Ventured (2011)
Ballets Russes (2005)
Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors (1999)
Kids of Survival (1996)
Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994)

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