Murder in Paradise – The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

September 19, 2014 | By

GalapagosAffair_newspieceDaniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s documentary of a likely murder and set of tragic circumstances that befell three sets of stubborn German settlers on the island of Floreana in the Galapagos during the 1930s is a textbook example of what happens when filmmakers are overwhelmed by too much material – archival and anecdotal – and try to work in a bit of everything, disrupting the flow and focus of their original story.

In spite of the many flaws within The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013), when we’re back on track to discovering the likely murders within paradise, the film is truly hypnotic, mostly because the directors lucked out with an extraordinary wealth of ephemeral materials. Zeitgeist Films’ DVD contains solid extras, and I address the film’s many pros & cons in my review.

Coming next: a podcast interview with composer / orchestrator Timothy Williams (Red Sky, Debug) + links to the animated montages and making-of details.




Mark R. Hasan, Editor

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