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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  • Geralt of Trivia
    Geralt of Trivia  2 minutes 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  21 minutes back


      • Ramenlife69 Oof
        Ramenlife69 Oof  26 minutes back

        The scene where Joker got beat up broke my heart 😢

        • the master
          the master  35 minutes back

          watch black pilled's breakdown of the movie.

          • Grant Joslin
            Grant Joslin  54 minutes back

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

            • Isabella McDonald
              Isabella McDonald  1 hours back

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

              • Kaldur Skipper
                Kaldur Skipper  2 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  2 hours back

                  this movie was amaze balls!! just great

                  • tripjet999
                    tripjet999  3 hours back

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

                    • Marco T.
                      Marco T.  3 hours back

                      So, where are you going to put your Oscar?

                      • Daniel Christopher
                        Daniel Christopher  4 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  4 hours back

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

                          • Xavier Blacharcyk
                            Xavier Blacharcyk  5 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  5 hours back

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

                              • sandeep lvrs
                                sandeep lvrs  5 hours back

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

                                • Jolie Anamarie
                                  Jolie Anamarie  5 hours back

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

                                  • Gheorghe Vasile
                                    Gheorghe Vasile  5 hours back

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

                                    • Melissa Tucker
                                      Melissa Tucker  5 hours back

                                      This movie is effing epic a masterpiece!!!

                                      • dony judd gara
                                        dony judd gara  5 hours back

                                        We all love Gary

                                        • Maxx.Mitchxll
                                          Maxx.Mitchxll  5 hours back


                                          • Alexis Darton
                                            Alexis Darton  6 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  6 hours back

                                              Batman in the mirror, halla if you saw it.

                                              • Dante Redgrave
                                                Dante Redgrave  6 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  6 hours back

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

                                                    • William Wallace
                                                      William Wallace  6 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  6 hours back

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

                                                        • traffly
                                                          traffly  6 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  6 hours back

                                                            Jordan Schlansky ???? Anyone???

                                                            • exoticpianoman
                                                              exoticpianoman  7 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  7 hours back

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

                                                                • Djordje Petrovic
                                                                  Djordje Petrovic  7 hours back

                                                                  1:01 Batman in the mirror

                                                                  • Snake Pliskin
                                                                    Snake Pliskin  7 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  7 hours back

                                                                      1:01 batman is in the mirror

                                                                      • Dtown Dtown
                                                                        Dtown Dtown  7 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  8 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  8 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  8 hours back

                                                                              Terrible movie.

                                                                              • Retro Gamer 64
                                                                                Retro Gamer 64  8 hours back

                                                                                I wanna see him break dancing.

                                                                                • Jaye B
                                                                                  Jaye B  9 hours back

                                                                                  This movie makes dumb people feel smart.

                                                                                  • Darth Dani
                                                                                    Darth Dani  9 hours back

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

                                                                                    • Prakash Rout
                                                                                      Prakash Rout  9 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  9 hours back

                                                                                        How do you think Kevin Feige feels after this?

                                                                                        • M Sonny Chaudhry
                                                                                          M Sonny Chaudhry  9 hours back

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

                                                                                          • Julia Ochendal
                                                                                            Julia Ochendal  9 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

                                                                                            • Dim MK
                                                                                              Dim MK  9 hours back

                                                                                              i feel so bad for
                                                                                              arthur man

                                                                                              • greg soad
                                                                                                greg soad  9 hours back

                                                                                                they based it so much off taxi driver

                                                                                                • Darla V
                                                                                                  Darla V  9 hours back

                                                                                                  You did a great job man 👍