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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.


Paul Cowan


Paul Cowan, Margaret MacMillan (inspired by the book by: "Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed The World")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
R.H. Thomson ... Narrator (voice)
David Lowe ... Harold Nicolson
Paul Bandey ... John Maynard Keynes
Yan Brian Yan Brian ... President Woodrow Wilson
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ... Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Prime Minister David Lloyd George (as Nicolas Hawtrey)
Vincent Lo Monaco Vincent Lo Monaco ... Prime Minister Vittorio Orlando
Jürgen Zwingel Jürgen Zwingel ... Count Ulrich von Brockdorff-Rantzau
Martin Ziemann Martin Ziemann ... Walter Simons
Wolfgang Pissors ... Johann Giesberts
Jerry Di Giacomo Jerry Di Giacomo ... Chief of Maps
Fabrice Talon Fabrice Talon ... André Tardieu
Hiro Uchiyama Hiro Uchiyama ... Nobuaki Makino
Colin David Reese Colin David Reese ... Billy Hughes
Peter Vizard Peter Vizard ... Eleutherios Venizelos


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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The last shots had just been fired in the most devastating war of all time - and the old global order lay in tatters. See more »


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1 April 2009 (France) See more »

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Margaret MacMillan, the author of the book "Paris 1919", is the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd George, UK Prime Minister during WW1 and a participant at the Versailles conference. See more »


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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A gathering of leaders after WWI and the impact they caused!
23 August 2011 | by tadeo38See all my reviews

The importance of this "virtual documentary" is a factual basis of the events over a year, with excellent portrayals of the leaders of the "winning" side in the First World War, although I use the conclusion that there were any winners rather loosely as the film so accurately portrays. The three most influential World leaders were Clemanceau of France, Lloyd-George of the English and the ill-fated President of the U.S. in Woodrow Wilson. In spite of the "10" rating which I have given, there are points of interest that I would have wished more emphasis. Short shrift was given to the "Map Makers" in the very beginning....those men assigned (obviously with the input of the leaders), who contributed greatly to future disasters in the Balkans, Yugoslavia and even in the Rhineland area of Germany where I spent three years in the military over fifty years ago and witnessed in many extensive travels, the travails resulting from the lack of foresight of said leaders who set Germany up for the arrival of Adolf Hitler by the monstrosity of their dismantling of a once proud nation led astray by that very same family of Royalty that led such diverse countries as England and Russia. Nevertheless, this is a Must See by younger generations who have no concept of the damage done in Paris leading to (twenty years later) a 1000 day occupation of this most lovely of cities and the irony of Hitler forcing a French surrender at Versailles in the same rail car used by the French to humiliate the German people who were fortunate to be untouched by the war itself while France suffered horrendously from the seemingly never ending trench warfare. Please understand that neither this film, nor I can defend the atrocities such as the first use of Poison Gas by the Germans, nor is it the purpose of the film to recreate the four years of horror on the fields of France and nearby neighbors, but an understanding of those three men and the many others who insisted that Germany pay dearly for their misdeeds. And the unseen Kaiser Wilhelm in his vanity is another flaw but of a minor key in subsequent historical impact that would all to soon engulf the entire World in yet another horror story. And to see the impact first hand will linger the few years that will be left to me to give witness to such tragedy. Tadeo38 in sad remembrance.

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