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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  • Citizens, What is in your Heads? Zombie Sheep

    nice we need more of these kinds of vids!

    • David Lopez
      David Lopez  14 hours back

      Something I didn’t Catch at first was when the kids took his sign, the car on the street abruptly accelerates which symbolizes the sudden change of pace of that scene. This movie is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time..

      • Mark Tassi
        Mark Tassi  17 hours back

        Very unsettling and I don't know that it is good to look at such a film or even make it the focus of a film. Very disturbing.

        • BonkersBecca
          BonkersBecca  18 hours back

          Fantastic and talented director. Has made a masterpiece

          • elcabezon veintidos
            elcabezon veintidos  22 hours back

            In my opinion, if the movie had to been resumed in one word, it would be "empathy".

            • elcabezon veintidos
              elcabezon veintidos  22 hours back

              That's awesome... Is like a mean society braking a man's will.

              • Huey Freeman
                Huey Freeman  1 days back

                Mad genius, behind the mad genius.

                • Suvin Venu
                  Suvin Venu  2 days back

                  3:37 we have an Indian actor named Mohanlal who has this same method of acting.
                  I would highly recommend the following movies
                  **Drishyam(Thriller remade into regional as well as international movies)

                  **Thanmathra(as an alzheimers patient)

                  **Vanaprastham(as a Kathakali dancer)

                  **Guru(fantasy drama)

                  **Kireedam (watch the market fight scene and the following dialogue exchange with his father)

                  **Iruvar (one of his finest films)

                  To name a few...

                  • Prince Luci
                    Prince Luci  2 days back

                    Lol i totally didn’t notice the flower gag. That’s truly joker.

                    • Josh Penney
                      Josh Penney  2 days back

                      why do you title the video "joker director" instead of letting us know this guys actual name. It is insulting. Give him credit. Do only actors deserve to have their name known?

                      • Pedro Henrique
                        Pedro Henrique  2 days back

                        I didn't notice the water coming out of the flower in the beginning of the film.

                        • Tiberius Cerelius Tigris

                          So Joker is the prequel to the Arkham series right? ;O

                          • Bly Guy
                            Bly Guy  3 days back

                            I think Todd Phillips and Jon "Stugotz" Weiner might be long lost brothers

                            • Josh Phillips
                              Josh Phillips  3 days back

                              I'm really praying for the best for this film I haven't seen a movie this many times in the theatre since the crow yet again a certain kinda clown

                              • kappagiraffe
                                kappagiraffe  3 days back

                                "joker director" he has a name lol

                                • Balázs Varga
                                  Balázs Varga  3 days back

                                  Anyone else noticed Batman's mask in the mirror at 1:01 ?

                                  • Eltoro
                                    Eltoro  3 days back

                                    I liked Todd Philips for the GG allin documentary
                                    I love Todd Philips for JOKER

                                    • David Kelly
                                      David Kelly  3 days back

                                      3:19 Guess you could say that was Top-Tear Acting...

                                      Aight, Imma head out

                                      • Dr. Hax
                                        Dr. Hax  3 days back

                                        if phoenix doesn't get the oscar there will be no punchline

                                        • Richard DeCredico
                                          Richard DeCredico  4 days back

                                          YOUR MOVIE SUCKS BALL SACK

                                          • Billy Goatguy
                                            Billy Goatguy  4 days back

                                            My uncle said that he and his wife thought that his laugh was hilarious and laughed in response, i've never really understood why because i can hear how pained it sounds underneath. Did anyone else have that kind of reaction? Could you explain why you thought it was funny?

                                            • Vj Vargas
                                              Vj Vargas  4 days back

                                              How can you not like this masterpiece? People who don't appreciate this has no taste in art.

                                              • Evan Cooper
                                                Evan Cooper  4 days back

                                                Lol I've seen it 11 times.... I think I have an unhealthy obsession.

                                                • Tokyo Drift
                                                  Tokyo Drift  4 days back

                                                  He made hangover movies too

                                                  • Brooklynyte
                                                    Brooklynyte  4 days back

                                                    I see him and all I can think of is "You have... the most.. BEAUTIFUL feet"....

                                                    • ttacoguyy the guy
                                                      ttacoguyy the guy  4 days back

                                                      i didnt notice the flower thing until after he said it

                                                      • Mostafa Shalaby
                                                        Mostafa Shalaby  4 days back

                                                        so u weren't in Gotham city?

                                                        • untold beast
                                                          untold beast  5 days back

                                                          1.6K Jared Leto fans.

                                                          • Ya Ight
                                                            Ya Ight  5 days back

                                                            They should make this movie canon based on the storyline

                                                            • Nathan Dust
                                                              Nathan Dust  5 days back

                                                              I Never Noticed The Water

                                                              • Cheer Seeds
                                                                Cheer Seeds  5 days back

                                                                Director breaks down the opening scene while I break down watching what Arthur goes through

                                                                • E Garza
                                                                  E Garza  5 days back

                                                                  What is the joke at the end of Joker?

                                                                  1. ...on us.
                                                                  2. Knock Knock

                                                                  (no answer)
                                                                  ...because Mr. Wayne is dead

                                                                  Ha ha ha ee ee Ha ha
                                                                  I'm sorry I have a condition.

                                                                  • prince well
                                                                    prince well  5 days back

                                                                    I thought it was so funny when he was dancing and that gun fell out in the hospital and he’s like 🤫

                                                                    • prince well
                                                                      prince well  5 days back

                                                                      I love the ending of this film🙌🏽 it was perfect

                                                                      • Ece Baykut
                                                                        Ece Baykut  6 days back

                                                                        And they did not get an oscar nomination for production design...

                                                                        • musicallytalented01
                                                                          musicallytalented01  6 days back

                                                                          I absolutely love the cinematography in this movie... like everything about this movie is just pure artistry

                                                                          • alb218
                                                                            alb218  7 days back

                                                                            Joker will never be topped anymore. Joaquin crowns that!

                                                                            • MAGA PLEX
                                                                              MAGA PLEX  1 weeks back

                                                                              This is like what my literature teacher thinks the author meant

                                                                              • Ally Bedford
                                                                                Ally Bedford  1 weeks back

                                                                                I felt so bad for Arthur through the whole thing :(((

                                                                                • Melissa Vidal
                                                                                  Melissa Vidal  1 weeks back


                                                                                  • DJ Moon
                                                                                    DJ Moon  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I would have never noticed the water, I thought he was grabbing his side because the kicks

                                                                                    • don't tr¡p
                                                                                      don't tr¡p  1 weeks back

                                                                                      i forget this was only about the opening scene :'(

                                                                                      • Negative Space
                                                                                        Negative Space  1 weeks back

                                                                                        just watched it, it was okay. all the themes were pretty heavy handed and the movie was predictable but joaquins performance was good.

                                                                                        • Ezekiel Brown
                                                                                          Ezekiel Brown  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Great movie you should invite me to star in one of your movie especially ones with a lot of psychology

                                                                                          • Moon Phase Tarot
                                                                                            Moon Phase Tarot  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Todd - bathroom dance was the best!

                                                                                            • Melissa Vidal
                                                                                              Melissa Vidal  1 weeks back


                                                                                              • finallyanime
                                                                                                finallyanime  1 weeks back

                                                                                                i really hope there's full commentary on the bluray

                                                                                                • i have social anxiety
                                                                                                  i have social anxiety  1 weeks back

                                                                                                  All i want to really know is why Author went into the refrigerator..

                                                                                                  • dajzilla
                                                                                                    dajzilla  14 hours back

                                                                                                    too cool off. chill.

                                                                                                  • Kristīne Eglīte
                                                                                                    Kristīne Eglīte  5 days back

                                                                                                    Watch this video, i think there's a partial answer in it