The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

This documentary recounts a series of strange events that took place in the early 1930s on Floreana, a small island in the Galapagos. The story begins with a German Nietzsche devotee moving to the then-uninhabited island with his lover to live in primitive solitude. Things get complicated once the island attracts several other inhabitants: a bourgeois family of four, a nymphomaniacal baroness, and the baroness’s stable of rugged men. The 1934 disappearance of the baroness and another man remains an unsolved mystery, and the filmmakers achieve a decent level of suspense in relating that case. Unfortunately, they undercut the power of this narrative with lots of extraneous interviews with Westerners who settled on other islands in the Galapagos. Dayna Goldfine and Daniel Geller directed. In English and subtitled German and Spanish.