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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.

Director:

Paul Cowan

Writers:

Paul Cowan, Margaret MacMillan (inspired by the book by: "Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed The World")
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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 ... Billy Hughes
Peter Vizard Peter Vizard ... Eleutherios Venizelos
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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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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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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 »

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The actor playing Woodrow Wilson is shown wearing wire-rimmed glasses. The real Wilson, however, always wore a pince-nez, spectacles that are balanced on the wearer's nose, with no ear pieces. See more »

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very good film about an underrated important time
14 November 2009 | by olderbutwiserSee all my reviews

I certainly enjoyed it and found it on the obscure "Military Channel". Growing up in the 60s there was a steady stream of historical films about Pasteur, Reuters, Marconi that went totally over my head. I can recall endless medieval films on cold Sunday afternoons where i couldn't wait to have the channel turned. NOw as an adult I cherish gems such as this, where they took character actors(what good would Richard Gere have done as Woodrow Wilson)and had them act out the true life events of the time, interspersed with real footage. It amazed me to see Ho Chi Migh trying to get an audience with Wilson to get the French out of Indochina- how those two would intersect blew me away. WWI veterans dominated the world up to the mid 60's(Eisenhower, Churchill, Macarthur, etc.) so they went from the horse age to the space age. Ifthey really said what was said about a weakened Germany would be ripe for a demagogue then it just shows how important the study of history is. All in all a treasure


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France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 April 2009 (France) See more »

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