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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  • antocost
    antocost  34 minutes back

    Watched the movie today and felt in love with it ♥

    • Mr. Ortiz
      Mr. Ortiz  46 minutes back

      Todd Phillips sounds like he had so much passion in making this movie and he did a masterful job directing.

      • Jackson Deutsch
        Jackson Deutsch  1 hours back

        I feel bad for him in the movie

        • Geralt of Trivia
          Geralt of Trivia  1 hours back

          *SPOILERS* Is the validity of the "bat-brothers" plot twist meant to be ambiguous, based on the side of his mother?

          • The Throne
            The Throne  2 hours back


            • Ramenlife69 Oof
              Ramenlife69 Oof  2 hours back

              The scene where Joker got beat up broke my heart 😢

              • the master
                the master  2 hours back

                watch black pilled's breakdown of the movie.

                • Grant Joslin
                  Grant Joslin  2 hours back

                  very well done film probably will go see it a third time

                  • Isabella McDonald
                    Isabella McDonald  2 hours back

                    I want to watch him talk about the entire movie like this

                    • Kaldur Skipper
                      Kaldur Skipper  3 hours back

                      It is odd the things people have to go through to "learn lessons amd become stronger". Of course, none of the men would have been in good shape had they been attacked, but it was even harder on Arthur who was ill and already thought of as possibly unreliable.

                      • Jay Meets World
                        Jay Meets World  3 hours back

                        this movie was amaze balls!! just great

                        • tripjet999
                          tripjet999  4 hours back

                          We walked out after 30 minutes and got our money back. Garbage.

                          • Marco T.
                            Marco T.  5 hours back

                            So, where are you going to put your Oscar?

                            • Daniel Christopher
                              Daniel Christopher  5 hours back

                              Beautiful film... I was in tears when it was over which never happened before in the thousands of films that I've watched. Major respect to everyone involved in the film and it is now my favorite comic book film of all time.

                              • Yash Gera
                                Yash Gera  5 hours back

                                Anyone who spots Batman's face in the mirror? #BatmanEasterEggs ?!

                                • Xavier Blacharcyk
                                  Xavier Blacharcyk  6 hours back

                                  Remember when all of you hated this movie before the first trailer came out? Yeah let this be a lesson to give something a chance

                                  • Aaron H
                                    Aaron H  6 hours back

                                    Mr Phillips, thank you for directing this masterpiece. May you win Best Director Oscar.

                                    • sandeep lvrs
                                      sandeep lvrs  6 hours back

                                      This movie deserves Oscars for
                                      1) Cinematography
                                      2) Best Direction
                                      2) Best Acting in a leading role

                                      • Jolie Anamarie
                                        Jolie Anamarie  6 hours back

                                        the score in this film just had me crushed.. the whole time. my heart ached for Arthur.

                                        • Gheorghe Vasile
                                          Gheorghe Vasile  6 hours back

                                          This movie is a masterpiece!!should make people more aware of mental health..

                                          • Melissa Tucker
                                            Melissa Tucker  6 hours back

                                            This movie is effing epic a masterpiece!!!

                                            • dony judd gara
                                              dony judd gara  7 hours back

                                              We all love Gary

                                              • Maxx.Mitchxll
                                                Maxx.Mitchxll  7 hours back


                                                • Alexis Darton
                                                  Alexis Darton  7 hours back

                                                  I watched this movie yesterday and since then I’ve been thinking about it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that made me feel so many raw emotions. When it went off I was completely speechless. For me, this is the best movie to come out this year. One of the best movies I’ve seen in years and that will always stick with me.

                                                  • Henkzmeister
                                                    Henkzmeister  7 hours back

                                                    Batman in the mirror, halla if you saw it.

                                                    • Dante Redgrave
                                                      Dante Redgrave  7 hours back

                                                      Hard to believe this is the same guy who directed Mike Tyson punching Zach Galifianakis in the face

                                                      • Faith of a Mustard Seed


                                                        • Manny Guerrero
                                                          Manny Guerrero  7 hours back

                                                          If they Made a prequel, i hope Joker find out those kids, please!!!!

                                                          • William Wallace
                                                            William Wallace  7 hours back

                                                            Absolutely brilliant movie. In my opinion the best Joker that’s been done ( I know heath ledger was absolutely fantastic in his role as joker also ) but this just edges it for me. Joaquin Phoenix really hits hard and it’s a powerful powerful performance. I can’t wait for the follow up movie/movies of this film.

                                                            • Kami Anderson
                                                              Kami Anderson  7 hours back

                                                              To pick this guys brain for just a couple hours would be insane.

                                                              • traffly
                                                                traffly  8 hours back

                                                                I wish they would consider a Batman- Joker film with Phoenix. Really think it give the Dark Knight a run for its money if they got Batman right. This can’t be the end of the Joker with joaquin phoenix. Too good of an opportunity

                                                                • Leblebi Tozu
                                                                  Leblebi Tozu  8 hours back

                                                                  Jordan Schlansky ???? Anyone???

                                                                  • exoticpianoman
                                                                    exoticpianoman  8 hours back

                                                                    Hey I made a Synthesia video of the piano tune you hear at 0:08 and 05:40. It's Called the 'Temptation Rag' for those who are interested

                                                                    • Dhoneil Angchangco
                                                                      Dhoneil Angchangco  8 hours back

                                                                      The same director who brought us The Hangover by the way.

                                                                      • Djordje Petrovic
                                                                        Djordje Petrovic  8 hours back

                                                                        1:01 Batman in the mirror

                                                                        • Snake Pliskin
                                                                          Snake Pliskin  8 hours back

                                                                          Just saw your movie dude......excellent job!! Loved it and will view it multiple times.....I hope we get to see Mr. Phoenix as the joker again in another gritty film with batman

                                                                          • rbeaverb b
                                                                            rbeaverb b  8 hours back

                                                                            1:01 batman is in the mirror

                                                                            • Dtown Dtown
                                                                              Dtown Dtown  8 hours back

                                                                              10:09 he covers his neck and genitals like on instinct, maybe because of the beatings he took as a child. That's deep.

                                                                              • B. Fly
                                                                                B. Fly  9 hours back

                                                                                I love seeing things like this because the director can explain things that you may have had questions about or go in detail about things you would have never thought about. For example, the clown shoes when he was running after the kids— the thought of those being hard to run in would’ve never crossed my mind. So interesting to watch him break everything down

                                                                                • Maria Danowa
                                                                                  Maria Danowa  9 hours back

                                                                                  I very much appreciate Phoenix' acting, but let's be honest, the movie as a whole is really boring

                                                                                  • Russell GRAF
                                                                                    Russell GRAF  10 hours back

                                                                                    Terrible movie.

                                                                                    • Retro Gamer 64
                                                                                      Retro Gamer 64  10 hours back

                                                                                      I wanna see him break dancing.

                                                                                      • Jaye B
                                                                                        Jaye B  10 hours back

                                                                                        This movie makes dumb people feel smart.

                                                                                        • Darth Dani
                                                                                          Darth Dani  10 hours back

                                                                                          The music trick is what Ridley Scott did in Bladerunner to get everyone in the mood

                                                                                          • Prakash Rout
                                                                                            Prakash Rout  10 hours back

                                                                                            For me the water coming out of the flower depicted the flower crying.. as in innocence cried that day.. sort of

                                                                                            • Darth Dani
                                                                                              Darth Dani  10 hours back

                                                                                              How do you think Kevin Feige feels after this?

                                                                                              • M Sonny Chaudhry
                                                                                                M Sonny Chaudhry  10 hours back

                                                                                                I hope the Blu-ray release has a director's commentary track.

                                                                                                • Julia Ochendal
                                                                                                  Julia Ochendal  10 hours back

                                                                                                  When i first saw the price of the movie i was like no way this costed that much but now i get it