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Paris 1919: Un traité pour la paix (2009)

A film about the Paris Peace Conference that negotiated the end of World War I with the Versailles Treaty.

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Harold Nicolson
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Yan Brian ...
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...
Nicholas Hawtrey ...
David Lloyd George (as Nicolas Hawtrey)
Vincent Lo Monaco ...
Vittorio Orlando
Jürgen Zwingel ...
Martin Ziemann ...
Walter Simons
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Jerry Di Giacomo ...
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Fabrice Talon ...
André Tardieu
Hiro Uchiyama ...
Colin David Reese ...
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Peter Vizard ...
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Nordine Ouchene ...
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Using archival footage and dramatic re-enactments, this documentary deals with the immediate aftermath of the 1918 armistice that brought World War I to an end. From January to July 1919, the Paris Peace Conference dealt not only with issues related to Germany but with the thorny issue of national boundaries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. From this conference emerged Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia; the annexation of parts of Germany by other countries; the creation of Iraq; and the transfer of German colonies in Africa and China to new colonial masters. It also led to the creation of the League of Nations, championed by President Woodrow Wilson but which the US never joined. When they finally dealt with the issue of war reparations, they imposed a payments schedule on Germany that many believe provided the underpinnings of World War II. Written by garykmcd

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As the German negotiators head to Paris, footage of a railway train, pulled by a P7 Class locomotive, is shown. The first P7 was built in 1927. See more »

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thrilling history lesson
8 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1919. Two months after armistice, world leaders are gathering in Paris to hammer out the peace. Everyone has demands. Prime Minister of France Georges Clemenceau wants retribution. Hardline British Prime Minister David Lloyd George was just voted in. Italian leader Orlando needs a port and faces Fascists back home. The Japanese want territories from China. American President Woodrow Wilson wants the League of Nations as he tries to ameliorate the vast conflicting demands from the world. When the German delegation is finally allowed to come, they are shocked by the peace treaty demands and the question remains whether the Germans will sign.

Adapted from the Margaret MacMillan book, this is a surprisingly thrilling history documentary. It's reminiscent of the Ken Burns style. In fact, I prefer not to have the reenactments of the leaders. It's better to have those narrations with the old pictures. Even with the expected outcome, there is a drama and political intrigue that is truly fascinating.


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