Joker Director Breaks Down the Opening Scene | Vanity Fair

  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • Director Todd Phillips takes us through the opening scene of the movie "Joker". He explains how the necessity of an unsettling dynamic tension throughout the film was the driving force that dictated his artistic decisions. Through location, costume, makeup and lighting Phillips created a truly frightening world.

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  • fire34fly
    fire34fly  1 minutes back

    My god I got eagle eyes.
    I saw Joker a few days ago and the shot was like a second but I was like WAIT did that sign say Puerto Rico.
    4:44, man I was right lol

    • Valeria Talavera
      Valeria Talavera  13 minutes back

      *simply brilliant*

      • Cody Menard
        Cody Menard  42 minutes back

        Truly an incredible film. No other way to put it.

        • Gabby Velasquez
          Gabby Velasquez  46 minutes back

          Honestly deserves every Oscar, this is one of the best films I've seen in years. I left that theatre shaken.

          • Ari P
            Ari P  2 hours back

            Thanks for this movie. I now know how I can defeat the joker once and for all.

            • KettiexD
              KettiexD  2 hours back

              this guy looks like House

              • Be2cre8
                Be2cre8  3 hours back

                Apparently, Kimmel doesn't know how to behave with a national treasure as Joaquin. Of all the ways Kimmel could go, and he thought this would be a great bit? Kimmel has proven to be a jerk. This felt so violating of a private moment processing with his art.

                • Crypto Elite
                  Crypto Elite  3 hours back

                  I will never look at movies the same after witnessing this theatrical masterpiece. It’s everything every other movie isn’t.

                  • Rhett Bernstein
                    Rhett Bernstein  3 hours back

                    Honestly, the first good movie I've seen in a long long time.

                    • Ashton Martin
                      Ashton Martin  4 hours back

                      " if i have to have a past, then i prefer for it to be multiple choice."

                      • Freedom Guru
                        Freedom Guru  4 hours back

                        Todd Phillips is a freaking genius. Not only did he direct a masterpiece, but he chose the perfect cast.

                        • Noman Arshad
                          Noman Arshad  4 hours back

                          worst explanation in the history of directors. I don't know how he even is a director. wtf....lame...boring....nothing special...

                          • Lucas Lee
                            Lucas Lee  5 hours back

                            I can't find a scene that I don't like in this movie. Pure art!

                            • evvignes
                              evvignes  5 hours back

                              Didn’t see flower water.

                              • Daul Penino
                                Daul Penino  5 hours back

                                Directing is easy

                                • Canaan Jones
                                  Canaan Jones  7 hours back

                                  To me one the most heartbreaking parts, is when he walks into Sophie’s house and she’s freaking out and he just mumbles “ I had a bad day” 😔

                                  • Don
                                    Don  7 hours back

                                    I didn't realize Arthur was intentionally triggering the flower. I thought it was a symbol that the kids had broken a part of his costume and the water that usually incites joy instead weeped out of him in a really depressing manner. I like my interpretation better.

                                    • Poptartjoey
                                      Poptartjoey  7 hours back

                                      Im so glad he didn’t kill the midget and gave him mercy.

                                      • LeBron James
                                        LeBron James  8 hours back

                                        SPOILER ALERT

                                        Bryan Cranston is in El Camino

                                        • Jai Norman
                                          Jai Norman  8 hours back

                                          Movie was terrible

                                          • Hellblazer311
                                            Hellblazer311  8 hours back

                                            This movie was the greatest human achievement since the moon landing.

                                            • Sacred Sensui
                                              Sacred Sensui  8 hours back

                                              It it just me or is it getting crazier in here?

                                              • Dictismit
                                                Dictismit  8 hours back

                                                What is the piano song?!

                                                • Brandon Seligman
                                                  Brandon Seligman  8 hours back


                                                  • ahmad idlbi
                                                    ahmad idlbi  9 hours back

                                                    As long as I try to find answers about this movie ?! I only end up with many more questions

                                                    • HE1NZ
                                                      HE1NZ  9 hours back

                                                      Todd Phillips looks like Donald Sutherland

                                                      • Jerome Mendoza
                                                        Jerome Mendoza  9 hours back

                                                        Joaquin Phoenix does not deserve an Oscar

                                                        Oscars NEED Joaquin Phoenix
                                                        Oscars NEED Joker to have a purpose on this world

                                                        • Vico Lituma
                                                          Vico Lituma  9 hours back

                                                          This wasn’t a film, It Was ART for Me to Be Honest. loved every single detail.

                                                          • Matheus Salabert
                                                            Matheus Salabert  9 hours back

                                                            DEFINITELY AN OSCAR COMING

                                                            • at prodbywill_
                                                              at prodbywill_  10 hours back

                                                              now please do the whole movie

                                                              • Banana Cake
                                                                Banana Cake  10 hours back

                                                                Listen to him saying Arthur becomes the joker. So stfu with all your "its all an illusion in his head" theorys they are wack

                                                                • holygoalie3
                                                                  holygoalie3  10 hours back

                                                                  Todd Phillip: *says character study without explanation*

                                                                  14 yrs olds: wow this movie must be really deep

                                                                  • RPP_LAPSSS
                                                                    RPP_LAPSSS  11 hours back

                                                                    I demand a full break down

                                                                    • Stella Moon
                                                                      Stella Moon  11 hours back

                                                                      How beautiful. Usually all my favorite movies that I love and got a hold of its DVD I would watch with the directors and actors commentation on. I would love a full breakdown like this one. Especially for this movie as you could tell the cinematography and acting and every little detail was fully thought of

                                                                      • Shubham Manna
                                                                        Shubham Manna  11 hours back

                                                                        Can we expect a separate movie on dead shot too ?the guy's story looks interesting in suicide squard!

                                                                        • Fiorella Ordoñez
                                                                          Fiorella Ordoñez  11 hours back


                                                                          • JohnnyMartini
                                                                            JohnnyMartini  11 hours back

                                                                            If endgame is a 10/10, then Joker is a 9/10

                                                                            • gagan arora
                                                                              gagan arora  11 hours back


                                                                              • Chiara Verdini
                                                                                Chiara Verdini  11 hours back

                                                                                For the all video I was thinking:”Oh my God, he looks identical to Doctor House”.
                                                                                Ps: the film is magistral.

                                                                                • FrozenExplosion
                                                                                  FrozenExplosion  12 hours back

                                                                                  i am going to watch this every oppurtunity i can whilst it is still on the big screen.....

                                                                                  • FrozenExplosion
                                                                                    FrozenExplosion  12 hours back

                                                                                    would be good to see the theme of real life carried on into the battle with batman

                                                                                    • Ami
                                                                                      Ami  12 hours back

                                                                                      He said" ramp up insanity"
                                                                                      Instead of descend into ......or something else

                                                                                      • Lisa Bender
                                                                                        Lisa Bender  12 hours back

                                                                                        I am hanging on to every word. Fascinating how the visuals are created. Thank you for sharing the thoughts and intention in creating the depth of the scenes.

                                                                                        • Zak Mineiko
                                                                                          Zak Mineiko  12 hours back

                                                                                          0:50 the mirror resembles batman watching over joker

                                                                                          • BigTimeSpider
                                                                                            BigTimeSpider  12 hours back

                                                                                            This is now my favorite movie and director. The more I think and watch it thr more is unraveling in my minds eye and the more I love it.

                                                                                            • FatalJapan
                                                                                              FatalJapan  13 hours back

                                                                                              Just learned water came out the flower.... time to go rewatch it.

                                                                                              • Harley Quinn
                                                                                                Harley Quinn  13 hours back


                                                                                                • Fuaad Hersi
                                                                                                  Fuaad Hersi  13 hours back

                                                                                                  10/10 movie