Joker Director Breaks Down the Opening Scene | Vanity Fair

  • Published on Oct 7, 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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  • Josh Sharples
    Josh Sharples 44 minutes ago

    at 5:40, anyone know what song the guy is playing on the piano

  • Mark Xenic
    Mark Xenic Hour ago

    Man those game of thrones horns gave me chills whenever they came on.

  • J Mason
    J Mason Hour ago

    Joker directors name is Todd Phillips. Even a normie should know him.

  • geniusmodernus
    geniusmodernus Hour ago

    Didn't notice the water out of the flower till now

  • dsbfitness
    dsbfitness 2 hours ago

    This is now my favourite movie !!!!

  • oOXyroxOo
    oOXyroxOo 2 hours ago

    A Masterpiece

  • Deadpool
    Deadpool 3 hours ago


  • Ethan Hutchison
    Ethan Hutchison 3 hours ago

    I never saw the water coming out of the flower, I loved how kind of a sub-theme was his suppression turned acceptance of his dark and tragic sense of humor, which he then fully embraces in the last scene with Murray. This is awesome seeing Todd Phillips really putting so much thought into his vision, makes you way more appreciative.

  • UG Rose
    UG Rose 3 hours ago

    I want the DvD with director commentary, pleeaassee!

  • Annabel Walker
    Annabel Walker 4 hours ago

    I wanna listen to him talk about the entire film

  • Noel Korf
    Noel Korf 4 hours ago

    Thank you for making this movie!

  • Selene Oblitas
    Selene Oblitas 4 hours ago +1

    Arthur spinning his sign: what a nice man
    When the kids broke his sign: kill them joker, kill them all

  • Kaleb B
    Kaleb B 4 hours ago

    uncomfortable tone. you nailed it!

  • Fyaleth
    Fyaleth 5 hours ago +1

    i loved this movie, because even though it's set in a superhero comic-book universe, the realism in the emotions, actions and reactions made it feel like it COULD be real. People actually act that way, these are very real emotions and actions that COULD happen to someone.
    It's very scary to think about what people could be going through. The entire movie hit on a very different level compared to other superhero movies, where all deaths and problems they have seem so distant and unrealistic.

    • BornLegend
      BornLegend 4 hours ago +1

      This movie brings a seriousness, and a gritty down to earth quality, to the comic movie genre. I was never even a fan of superhero films because I thought they were too nerdy, and as you said, unrealistic. But Joker got me into the genre.

  • jaksap
    jaksap 5 hours ago

    What would have happened if he was attacked on the subway first, then got a gun, and then got attacked by teenagers. It would have been an entirely different movie. Would he have understanding for the youngsters? Are these kids morally any better than the yuppies on the subway?

  • Irregular Naomi
    Irregular Naomi 5 hours ago +1

    I love how much thought was put into this movie. So many brilliant minds working together.

  • manjeet kumar
    manjeet kumar 5 hours ago +1

    This guy is genius. He teaches us how important are little details.

  • Mo Money
    Mo Money 5 hours ago

    I think he thought the floor was the camera

    • carol9909
      carol9909 4 hours ago

      There’s probably a digital drawing pad setup where he is making all of those marking on the images.

  • strobeable
    strobeable 5 hours ago +1

    i’ll always remember him as the guy licking that girl’s toes in Road Trip....

  • Ryan Oliver
    Ryan Oliver 5 hours ago

    Haven’t gotten the movie out of my head since the first watch! Have to go again.
    Give Joaquin the Oscar.

  • Anna Jinx
    Anna Jinx 6 hours ago

    There is a lot behind the movie than I thought.

  • Neo 1
    Neo 1 7 hours ago

    Been to see it twice now. One more time won't hurt

  • BornLegend
    BornLegend 7 hours ago +2

    I found that everyone Arthur killed was a much more crueler person than he was. The Joker is a beaten dog who has had enough.

  • Michelle Young
    Michelle Young 8 hours ago

    I just loved this film!

  • Sophia Rivas
    Sophia Rivas 8 hours ago

    this movie was SO GOOD

  • Julala
    Julala 8 hours ago +1

    The whole movie, specially the first half, felt incredibly claustrophobic for me. I thought it was bc we were only following Arthur every scene and the amount of close shots there were, but i see that even little detail like having those buildings back there and not being able to see open sky contribute to the feeling

  • String Bean Bear
    String Bean Bear 9 hours ago

    Todd "Phillips"? I guess that's one way to hide a hat

  • Samuel Minio
    Samuel Minio 9 hours ago

    Awesome Movie!

  • Joseph K.
    Joseph K. 9 hours ago +1

    We need more directors like Todd Philips! Joker was a masterpiece and the acting was good too! Finally a good movie!

  • Bakari Taylor
    Bakari Taylor 11 hours ago

    Water coming out the flower I didn’t even CATCH!! That in the movie

  • Philip Pascual
    Philip Pascual 11 hours ago

    Great job on the film honestly

  • Larramenpa
    Larramenpa 12 hours ago

    Really that flower at the end is not even an inch close to be depicting *a gag trying to make people laugh still at that point of empathy towards Arthur showing he is Joker* but it really gives the feeling he is bleeding out as a poor clown entity.
    To fix that you should have used a gag sound added in post, it would have disrupted with the music and the gravity of the scene.

  • Brian Justus
    Brian Justus 13 hours ago

    It was amazing, Todd. Thanks for the great movie.

    • Brian Justus
      Brian Justus 12 hours ago

      Also Joaquin, Zazie and your writer (who’s name I forget now lol) all of the people who worked on the movie made it wonderful.

  • huskies265
    huskies265 13 hours ago

    i swear everyone claims to pioneer making the music post-video production

  • Jack Xiao
    Jack Xiao 13 hours ago

    This movie is better than Nolan's batman in depicting Gotham (way too sterile and wooden in Nolan's Batman). "Joker" got the city spot on, the setting felt alive, the people's anger made sense and felt real.

  • Laura Lynn Martin
    Laura Lynn Martin 13 hours ago +1

    I really think that Arthur would make an amazing case study in support of why mental health resources are so essential to make sure everyone has a chance

  • gelloyangster yang
    gelloyangster yang 13 hours ago

    3:17 i actually teared up at the cinema fr

  • Chris C
    Chris C 13 hours ago

    Over-hyped and predictable. Not Oscar worthy unless it's the only film nominated.

    • gaming Work
      gaming Work 13 hours ago +1

      Lol that's your opinion most people I have seen are calling it a masterpiece.

  • Cameron Garrett
    Cameron Garrett 15 hours ago +1

    if the first scene was in a real place, did he have all of the cars consent to be in the film????

    • carol9909
      carol9909 4 hours ago

      Maybe the studio rented those cars. I don’t know about other countries, but here in Brazil there are a few dealerships that rent luxury old cars to only tv and movie studios. Civilians can go in and take pictures with the cars, but they can’t buy or rent them. Maybe that’s what the studio did.

  • Cameron Garrett
    Cameron Garrett 15 hours ago

    if the first scene was in a real place, did he have all of the cars consent to be in the film????

  • fire34fly
    fire34fly 16 hours ago

    My god I got eagle eyes.
    I saw Joker a few days ago and the shot was like a second but I was like WAIT did that sign say Puerto Rico.
    4:44, man I was right lol

  • Valeria Talavera
    Valeria Talavera 16 hours ago

    *simply brilliant*

  • Cody Menard
    Cody Menard 17 hours ago

    Truly an incredible film. No other way to put it.

  • Gabby Velasquez
    Gabby Velasquez 17 hours ago

    Honestly deserves every Oscar, this is one of the best films I've seen in years. I left that theatre shaken.

  • Ari P
    Ari P 18 hours ago

    Thanks for this movie. I now know how I can defeat the joker once and for all.

  • KettiexD
    KettiexD 18 hours ago +1

    this guy looks like House

  • Be2cre8
    Be2cre8 18 hours ago +1

    Apparently, Kimmel doesn't know how to behave with a national treasure as Joaquin. Of all the ways Kimmel could go, and he thought this would be a great bit? Kimmel has proven to be a jerk. This felt so violating of a private moment processing with his art.

  • Crypto Elite
    Crypto Elite 19 hours ago +1

    I will never look at movies the same after witnessing this theatrical masterpiece. It’s everything every other movie isn’t.

  • Rhett Bernstein
    Rhett Bernstein 19 hours ago +1

    Honestly, the first good movie I've seen in a long long time.

  • Ashton Martin
    Ashton Martin 20 hours ago +1

    " if i have to have a past, then i prefer for it to be multiple choice."

  • Freedom Guru
    Freedom Guru 20 hours ago

    Todd Phillips is a freaking genius. Not only did he direct a masterpiece, but he chose the perfect cast.

  • Noman Arshad
    Noman Arshad 20 hours ago

    worst explanation in the history of directors. I don't know how he even is a director. wtf....lame...boring....nothing special...

  • Lucas Lee
    Lucas Lee 21 hour ago +1

    I can't find a scene that I don't like in this movie. Pure art!

  • evvignes
    evvignes 21 hour ago

    Didn’t see flower water.

  • Daul Penino
    Daul Penino 21 hour ago

    Directing is easy

  • Canaan Jones
    Canaan Jones 23 hours ago

    To me one the most heartbreaking parts, is when he walks into Sophie’s house and she’s freaking out and he just mumbles “ I had a bad day” 😔

  • Don
    Don 23 hours ago

    I didn't realize Arthur was intentionally triggering the flower. I thought it was a symbol that the kids had broken a part of his costume and the water that usually incites joy instead weeped out of him in a really depressing manner. I like my interpretation better.

  • Poptartjoey
    Poptartjoey 23 hours ago

    Im so glad he didn’t kill the midget and gave him mercy.

  • LeBron James
    LeBron James 23 hours ago


    Bryan Cranston is in El Camino

  • Jai Norman
    Jai Norman Day ago

    Movie was terrible