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Paris 1919, Un traite pour la Paix

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Tuesday 21 June          Documentary          Paris 1919, Un traité pour la Paix, Paul Cowan, 2008, 90 minutes


Screening times

1 pm

6 pm


Venue


State Library of South Australia

Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue

Adelaide SA 5000

Screenings will be held in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, which is a versatile room suitable for lectures and workshops and fully equipped with up-to-date equipment. 120 maximum seated (not fixed) or 150 maximum standing.
 

Synopsis

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

Résumé

Dès la fin des combats de la Grande guerre est adopté le principe d'une conférence pour la paix. Pendant six mois en 1919, Paris est la capitale du monde et le siège d'un gouvernement virtuel, placé sous l'égide du Conseil des Quatre : les États-Unis, la France, la Grande-Bretagne et l'Italie. Fondé sur le travail de l'historienne Margaret Mac Millan, le film Paris 1919 s'approche au plus près de la réalité historique et reconstitue avec soin l'atmosphère dans laquelle s'est déroulée la conférence de Paris. Images d'époque et séquences de fiction se mélangent et rendent limpide la narration d'un événement complexe qui porte en germe les causes qui conduiront le monde à se jeter à nouveau dans la guerre.


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