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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    RUBEN RODRIGUEZ  2 minutes back

    graphic novel

    • Where's Will
      Where's Will  5 minutes back

      if Joaquin dones't get his Oscar for this.... I will never put on my happy face

      • Literally Hitler
        Literally Hitler  31 minutes back

        Willing to bet this guy is a Jew

        • Sam Lyle
          Sam Lyle  43 minutes back

          This guys voice is almost exactly the same as Hamilton Morris’s

          • Chudi Okafor
            Chudi Okafor  54 minutes back

            I do not see a movie a second time till probably after a couple years. I saw this movie twice in 3 days. The raw take they took into Arthur's mind is disturbing, terrifying, unsettling, revealing, and intriguing. Combine that with the realities of our time and you're concluding, this could be anyone. Anyone.

            • Gameboy23
              Gameboy23  1 hours back

              Are his eyes closed, or is he looking down?

            • photoshopknight
              photoshopknight  1 hours back

              Thank you for creating Arthur.

              • Marcus B.
                Marcus B.  1 hours back

                Everything must go!

                • Sarah Bryan
                  Sarah Bryan  2 hours back

                  Something that stuck out to me in the movie was in the comedy club. When he was about to tell his first joke he said, “Okay here’s one” or something to that effect. That broke my heart. It was like watching a little boy try to impress someone he looked up to.

                  • Borzu Ravan
                    Borzu Ravan  2 hours back

                    Cinematography: PERFECTION. Acting: PERFECTION. Music: PERFECTION. Directing? Not so sure.

                    • Doogle Lawless
                      Doogle Lawless  2 hours back

                      I totally didn't see the flower gag at the cinema. Amazing. Joaquin nailed this performance.

                      • Alphasnowbordergirl
                        Alphasnowbordergirl  3 hours back

                        well have to show this to my mom now so she can tell me if she recognizes the newark roads.

                        • OVain.
                          OVain.  3 hours back

                          This is my first time watching a dc/marvel movie and this was soooo good I have to watch it again

                          • frenchfrygirl
                            frenchfrygirl  3 hours back


                            • frenchfrygirl
                              frenchfrygirl  4 hours back


                              • Antikys
                                Antikys  4 hours back

                                Is it worrying because i can kinda relate to arthur?

                                • Will Favale
                                  Will Favale  4 hours back

                                  Ikkk I feel like I’m on his side the whole movie

                              • Mike L
                                Mike L  4 hours back

                                Todd is a genius.

                                • Gabriela Castro
                                  Gabriela Castro  4 hours back

                                  Joaquin you are just amazing ♥️

                                  • Jotta H.
                                    Jotta H.  4 hours back

                                    Look at this poor oppressed man being creatively held back.

                                    • lars
                                      lars  4 hours back

                                      Why is he so old

                                      • Exponent Eel
                                        Exponent Eel  4 hours back

                                        I swear the dislikes on videos have to be bots

                                        • A Haque
                                          A Haque  4 hours back

                                          Yes, can you please breakdown the entire film???!!!

                                          • Dan
                                            Dan  4 hours back

                                            Before he goes on the Murray Show. He enters the elevator at his apartment and you knew, it was about to get real.

                                            • Myles Gibson
                                              Myles Gibson  4 hours back

                                              If you didn't like this movie the reason you didn't like it is because you're not ready to accept the fact that the issues in this movie like being an outcast, poverty, and mental health are real things

                                              • Eli
                                                Eli  4 hours back

                                                why would someone steal a sign lol?

                                                • Peanut Budda Bud
                                                  Peanut Budda Bud  5 hours back

                                                  By breakdown I thought he meant crying

                                                  • nebulaxr
                                                    nebulaxr  5 hours back

                                                    the amount of care and detail todd put into this film, THE SAME GUY WHO DID THE HANGOVER, i just have so much respect for this guy. THE RANGE. I’ve seen this movie twice and I already want to go back and see it for a third time- it’s just, amazing. I wish I could explain how much I enjoyed this movie. I loved the set, the music, the backdrop, the cinematography— and god Joaquin’s performance just really made it everything. Comic book movies are so generic these days and they just handled this one so so well. Even if you weren’t a fan of this movie you would have to admit that it just does so much to open doors in the film industry. I know it’s still a comic book movie but it felt more just like a character study under the guise of a “joker” movie, and there was something so fresh and interesting about that. I just don’t think I’ve ever been so excited by a comic book movie as much as I have been since the Dark Knight and the Raimi Spiderman films.

                                                    • antocost
                                                      antocost  6 hours back

                                                      Watched the movie today and felt in love with it ♥

                                                      • Mr. Ortiz
                                                        Mr. Ortiz  6 hours 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  6 hours back

                                                          I feel bad for him in the movie

                                                          • Geralt of Trivia
                                                            Geralt of Trivia  6 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  6 hours back


                                                              • Ramenlife69 Oof
                                                                Ramenlife69 Oof  7 hours back

                                                                The scene where Joker got beat up broke my heart 😢

                                                                • the master
                                                                  the master  7 hours back

                                                                  watch black pilled's breakdown of the movie.

                                                                  • Grant Joslin
                                                                    Grant Joslin  7 hours back

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

                                                                    • Isabella McDonald
                                                                      Isabella McDonald  7 hours back

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

                                                                      • Kaldur Skipper
                                                                        Kaldur Skipper  8 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  8 hours back

                                                                          this movie was amaze balls!! just great

                                                                          • tripjet999
                                                                            tripjet999  9 hours back

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

                                                                            • Will Favale
                                                                              Will Favale  4 hours back

                                                                              Funny. Best movie of the year by far lol what movies do u think are better

                                                                          • Marco T.
                                                                            Marco T.  9 hours back

                                                                            So, where are you going to put your Oscar?

                                                                            • Daniel Christopher
                                                                              Daniel Christopher  10 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  10 hours back

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

                                                                                • Xavier Blacharcyk
                                                                                  Xavier Blacharcyk  11 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  11 hours back

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

                                                                                    • sandeep lvrs
                                                                                      sandeep lvrs  11 hours back

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

                                                                                      • Jolie Anamarie
                                                                                        Jolie Anamarie  11 hours back

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

                                                                                        • Gheorghe Vasile
                                                                                          Gheorghe Vasile  11 hours back

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

                                                                                          • Melissa Tucker
                                                                                            Melissa Tucker  11 hours back

                                                                                            This movie is effing epic a masterpiece!!!