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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 ... 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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Inspired by the book 'Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World' by Margaret MacMillan. See more »


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1 April 2009 (France) See more »

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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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A Behind The Scenes Look At The Paris Peace Conference
3 July 2010 | by superloSee all my reviews

This docudrama with both archival footage and drama tells the story of the peace talks in Paris in 1919 at the end of WWI which ended in the Treaty of Versailles. WWI was truly a world war and at the end dozens of nations wanted reparations or a piece of the spoils. They all convened in Paris for what they thought would be a 3-4 week conference to settle all the post war divisions. Nations' borders were being redrawn and people groups were being shuffled around like livestock. To Paris came kings and queens and caliphs and emirs and THEN the deity, Woodrow Wilson. The United States had entered the war and ended the war so everyone looked to the U.S. for answers and Woodrow Wilson was godlike, at least in the beginning. A large conference room was set up where nations could present their case in front of the representatives from Japan, Italy, Great Britain, France and Woodrow Wilson (U.S.). Japan was eliminated from the group after a short time and Italy had little influence in the end. This is a well done summary of a behind the scenes look at the Paris Peace Conference which stretched on for six months as countries jockeyed for position on the world scene, unknowingly setting the stage for WWII as they punished Germany into the ground, creating a backlash that produced evil like the world had never known and thought impossible. Even today we see and feel the effects of this peace treaty which spawned the League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations and the brainchild of Woodrow Wilson. Another slice of history which helps to understand the world we live in today.

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