Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Documentary Review: The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

Available for streaming on
Netflix as of 9/23/14
Now we're talking! I love a good mystery. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a true story about about how several groups of people or couples ended up on an deserted island named Floreana in the Galapagos in the1930's.

The original couple that first got there was the Ritters. They were Nietzsche-loving philosophers that wanted to get away from humanity and be isolated from the rest of the world. Then a eccentric pretty blonde named Baroness Von Wagner shows up and spoils the party.

"The Baroness" has two male companions in tow that are either her slaves, or lovers, or both. And she decided the island was hers and she was going to get rich by putting up hotels and making it a rich tourist attraction.

Then the Wittmers show up who are escaping the war that is breaking out in Europe.

The next hour and a half of the documentary is how tempers flared and neighbors clashed. It almost is like the story of the Garden of Eden. This oasis is marred by the depravity of man. And several people end up dead.

Of course, since all those involved have passed on, we are left just reading accounts and journal entries from the island's inhabitants. But luckily since even back then the story of several eccentric outcasts was sensational enough we have lots of footage of the island, and the Ritters, Wittmers, and the Baroness and her weird boy toys.

It seems most of the account is from the wife of Friedrich Ritter. She, Dore Strauch, is actually voiced by Cate Blanchett which lends even more credence to this well made documentary.

In the end, we are left to decide for ourselves what actually happened, because no one knows for sure, and no charges were ever filed. But whatever happened on that island is a direct result of the inability of man to get along.. and in my opinion is a textbook picture of what the world would truly look like if everyone followed the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. A man revered by liberals and atheists alike.

I give this documentary... 4 stars

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