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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Comments • 6 399

  • Noel Whitman
    Noel Whitman  60 minutes back

    The movie of our time. I hope they do not make another one.

    • ASMR Chess
      ASMR Chess  1 hours back

      Masterpiece. Everybody knows it excepts the critics lol.

      • Termisium
        Termisium  1 hours back

        I generally didn't like the movie and i think the opening was the most cliché and unimpressive part of this movie.

        • Jun Kim
          Jun Kim  2 hours back

          What a stand up dude this Todd man!

          • Gioia Peraz
            Gioia Peraz  2 hours back

            I can't stop thinking about this moovie. It's so good that it's driving me insane

            • theartistmusician
              theartistmusician  3 hours back

              what happens you make the best film of the year, you get what you deserve.

              • AC Jordan
                AC Jordan  4 hours back

                amazing movie

                • JlabCreation
                  JlabCreation  5 hours back

                  The movie did not feel like a movie, It felt normal.

                  • Roula70s
                    Roula70s  5 hours back

                    This is the best film in film history

                    • M CJ
                      M CJ  5 hours back

                      Standing there in Keanu Reeves stance

                      • Даниил Миловидов

                        Honestly, I thought that when water runs out of flower it was a symbol that his heart is bleeding and he is so much painful inside and he is so depressed that he can't show all his sorrow and pain.

                        • H W
                          H W  5 hours back

                          This movie will go down in history of cinematography for sure. Plus it sets some new standards and raises the bar really high in the era of movies that go blockbuster but only because of some clout and popularity, not necessarily for what we find in the Joker. Chapeu bas.

                          • Tracy Naomi
                            Tracy Naomi  5 hours back

                            anyone realized it's out on a mental awareness month... this is just incredible

                            • Davide [D]
                              Davide [D]  6 hours back

                              Why is in a power stance?

                              • Tostitos fritos
                                Tostitos fritos  7 hours back

                                It’s crazy how good quality movies can affect you. This movie was an experience for me, and i became extremely passionate about it. I went first time with my family, second time with my friends. Unfortunately with my buddies they weren’t as passionate about it, laughing throughout the scenes, I was actually pissed off and offended at how they could laugh at this masterpieces. I need to go again by myself because it was astonishing

                                • GamerMGO
                                  GamerMGO  7 hours back

                                  This opening sequence is nothing short of masterful, it all comes together in a superb way.

                                  • TheProgramer64
                                    TheProgramer64  7 hours back

                                    I didn’t and can’t see the water come out of the flower.

                                    • Terrantulla
                                      Terrantulla  7 hours back

                                      Hildur Gudnadotir is the same composer who did the score for Chernobyl. Perfect match for Joker 🤘

                                      • Konstantin Vorotnyuk
                                        Konstantin Vorotnyuk  7 hours back

                                        That’s so pseudo deep ...wooow such symbolic ...wooow . I wouldn’t get anything without this break down

                                        • Vanessa Hood
                                          Vanessa Hood  7 hours back

                                          You know the movie is so good when you feel the character's emotions.

                                          • Jentina Naude
                                            Jentina Naude  8 hours back

                                            The best movies this year I don't give a 10/10 - this was easily a 10

                                            • Tall Guy Car Racing
                                              Tall Guy Car Racing  8 hours back

                                              I don't like the film made me feel uncomfortable

                                              • steph101
                                                steph101  9 hours back

                                                2:46 both him and I realized that this video was going to be more of him talking than him actually using the screen lmao

                                                • Cesar Vera Latorre
                                                  Cesar Vera Latorre  9 hours back

                                                  very nice photopraphy. Was it so necessary to put always that sad music? it semmed redundant to me.

                                                  • Georgeserker
                                                    Georgeserker  9 hours back

                                                    Beautiful, movie of the year.

                                                    • Luis Polanco
                                                      Luis Polanco  9 hours back

                                                      You guys noticed batman's face in the opening scene? Look at the mirror

                                                      • Delaney Ford
                                                        Delaney Ford  10 hours back

                                                        This was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen

                                                        • RUBEN RODRIGUEZ
                                                          RUBEN RODRIGUEZ  10 hours back

                                                          graphic novel

                                                          • Where's Will
                                                            Where's Will  10 hours back

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

                                                            • Literally Hitler
                                                              Literally Hitler  10 hours back

                                                              Willing to bet this guy is a Jew

                                                              • Sam Lyle
                                                                Sam Lyle  10 hours back

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

                                                                • Chudi Okafor
                                                                  Chudi Okafor  11 hours 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  11 hours back

                                                                    Are his eyes closed, or is he looking down?

                                                                    • carol9909
                                                                      carol9909  2 hours back

                                                                      He’s looking down. The touchpad he is using to make all of those markings is setup horizontally. For a second I thought he had his eyes closed too.

                                                                    • musicaltheatergeek79
                                                                      musicaltheatergeek79  10 hours back

                                                                      I think he's blind.

                                                                  • photoshopknight
                                                                    photoshopknight  11 hours back

                                                                    Thank you for creating Arthur.

                                                                    • Marcus B.
                                                                      Marcus B.  11 hours back

                                                                      Everything must go!

                                                                      • Sarah Bryan
                                                                        Sarah Bryan  11 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  11 hours back

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

                                                                          • Doogle Lawless
                                                                            Doogle Lawless  11 hours back

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

                                                                            • Alphasnowbordergirl
                                                                              Alphasnowbordergirl  12 hours back

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

                                                                              • OVain.
                                                                                OVain.  13 hours back

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

                                                                                • K.Louis
                                                                                  K.Louis  6 hours back

                                                                                  Oh no you started with the best one lol, other than Logan there's really nothing in DC/Marvel that's anything like this.

                                                                              • frenchfrygirl
                                                                                frenchfrygirl  13 hours back


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                                                                                  • Antikys
                                                                                    Antikys  13 hours back

                                                                                    Is it worrying because i can kinda relate to arthur?

                                                                                    • Will Favale
                                                                                      Will Favale  13 hours back

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

                                                                                  • Mike L
                                                                                    Mike L  14 hours back

                                                                                    Todd is a genius.

                                                                                    • Gabriela Castro
                                                                                      Gabriela Castro  14 hours back

                                                                                      Joaquin you are just amazing ♥️

                                                                                      • Jotta H.
                                                                                        Jotta H.  14 hours back

                                                                                        Look at this poor oppressed man being creatively held back.

                                                                                        • lars
                                                                                          lars  14 hours back

                                                                                          Why is he so old

                                                                                          • Exponent Eel
                                                                                            Exponent Eel  14 hours back

                                                                                            I swear the dislikes on videos have to be bots