Metropolis (1927) talks about the importance of a mediator between the hand and the head. In the movie the head is the capitalists and the hand is the workers. A core aspect of Social Democracy and the Nordic model in Scandinavian countries is the importance of dialogue between trade unions and employees organizations, a mediator of sorts. So does Metropolis advocate for Social Democracy? Metropolis Restored

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    Welcome to Movies & TV. Nice question, seeing the time period and cultural/political backdrop it was made in, that interpretation isn't too unlikely afterall.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 8, 2015 at 15:42
  • It's too bad that the full film isn't available any more. I wonder if this would be easier to intuit if the original cut were still available.
    – Catija
    Feb 8, 2015 at 19:50
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    @Catija I thought that they had done a near complete reconstruction in 2010, I actually watched it on TV this way. Is there anything significant lacking in that version?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 8, 2015 at 21:04
  • @NapoleonWilson I actually just saw that... I graduated from Film school in 2010, so the last time I thought about Metropolis was before they did the newest reconstruction. The Wiki does say that there are still a couple of scenes missing because even the newly discovered film was very badly damaged. I wonder if many people have seen the newer reconstruction.
    – Catija
    Feb 8, 2015 at 21:06

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No, not particularly regarding a mediator. A mediator between the working class and the capital is not an exclusive feature of social democracy and the scandinavian model is a sub category of social democracy. There's rather a strong reference to Marx regarding the revolte. The movie is rather slightly adovcating left-winged politics in general. He might have been favoring social democracy over marxism regarding the outcome of the revolte. This might have been an indirect comment on Marx.

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