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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  • Garrison Nichols
    Garrison Nichols 11 hours ago

    Hi I'm Todd Phillips and I'm a really big Taxi Driver fan! So because everyone is too young to have seen it and also because Superhero movies are SO DAME POPULAR NOW! I remade Taxi Driver with the Joker in it instead! Hope you enjoy my Martin Scorsese rip off!

  • Andrew Herrera
    Andrew Herrera 12 hours ago

    10:58 - I love this shot, it reminds me of inside a snow globe. someone should make a snow-globe of this shot.

  • salem levesque
    salem levesque 16 hours ago


  • me.mowgli
    me.mowgli 17 hours ago

    I can die for this movie !!!

    There is no punch line its not a joke ...

  • Muhammed Ali
    Muhammed Ali 18 hours ago +1

    Im gonna say it. He is the best best joker of all time.

  • beatriz
    beatriz Day ago

    "Hi i'm todd phillips director of Joker" aND MOST IMPORTANT DIRECTOR OF "THE HANGOVER"

  • Emaan
    Emaan 2 days ago

    What’s everyone’s thoughts on the ending?

  • Xenia Valenurova
    Xenia Valenurova 2 days ago - About the Joker have already released an online game, look!

  • Sakura Saku
    Sakura Saku 3 days ago

    I want to ask him simple question. Why did you pick Joaquin.

  • James Behrje
    James Behrje 3 days ago

    Robert Dinero didn't even have to do any acting for his part. He just had to play himself!!! It must of been weird for him having to play himself on a movie knowing what his fate would be in the end!!!

  • Corey Carousso
    Corey Carousso 3 days ago

    This is the guy that directed The Hangover. The Hangover.

  • 2015072
    2015072 3 days ago

    ah, "Newwark"

  • Parker Storms
    Parker Storms 3 days ago

    At some point during the zoom in with the mirror, anyone else see the shape of Batman's cowl? The lights even kinda mimic the eyes. No, just me? Okay

  • 7Shade2
    7Shade2 4 days ago

    Even watching this breakdown (in both senses of the word) I feel so bad for Arthur, amazing writing!

  • proverbial 42
    proverbial 42 4 days ago

    A good guide to follow the steps of "JOKER" without getting lost.

  • TheLatinGQ
    TheLatinGQ 4 days ago +1

    Hands down, the best movie I've seen in a VERY long time

  • Neto Htc A9s
    Neto Htc A9s 4 days ago +1

    Todd is so precise and talented. Also, as he mentions, all the other staff members and everybody who made this a reality, are as well. Such a great movie. Top villain movie of the decade and DEFINITELY deserves an Oscar.

  • Wholesome Pikachu
    Wholesome Pikachu 5 days ago

    He looks like Gregory House

  • Michael Jeremiah
    Michael Jeremiah 5 days ago +1

    Beautiful creepy character. There's another creepy short film like this in the film fest circuit. Check out
    The Lunatic Trailer 1 Same vibe, but nursery rhymes.

  • Klécia Reis
    Klécia Reis 5 days ago

    Parabéns pelo sucesso ❤
    Esse é o Coringa do século XXl.
    Machucado internamente.
    E não por um acidente por produtos químicos.
    Bjs do Brasil .

  • Koala0090
    Koala0090 5 days ago +1

    This movie is ART. A masterpiece. I never thought I'd ever see something as great as this movie in 2019. The acting, the script, the scenery...just everything. Waiting for the oscars! This movie deserves all of them.

  • Pia Salcedo
    Pia Salcedo 5 days ago +4

    I’ve seen this movie twice in theaters and never noticed he pushed the button for the flower


    Film is overrated, the directing wasn't that great either btw.

  • lara
    lara 6 days ago

    I love the scene breakdowns and I enjoyed the movie so much!

  • Shawn Kan
    Shawn Kan 7 days ago

    This makes me understand why people would like this movie. But still, it seems the fascination is more with the art direction, music, actor's performance rather than the story itself.

  • bloodsord9
    bloodsord9 7 days ago

    Okay, I think this is the best film with a joker. Not necessarily the best joker portrayal, but the best film with a joker

  • bloodsord9
    bloodsord9 7 days ago

    7:24 there seems to be a modern car entering the frame (or more modern) just as he speaks about the cars matching the period😂
    Would have not noticed if he didn't point it out

  • C.O.S. Is My Name
    C.O.S. Is My Name 7 days ago

    Why hasn't Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar yet?

  • Bryan David Donovan
    Bryan David Donovan 7 days ago

    4:00 Sergio Leone used to have the score composed before the filming, then he would play the music during the shoot to get the actors in the right frame of mind.

  • Devastation OfMankind

    The Oscars: guys you know we have to do the ceremony and all but, ah...the Joker movie it's here sooo you know what better luck next year we do thank all of you for coming tho...

  • Thanos -
    Thanos - 7 days ago +1

    I went to a really sketchy movie theatre to watch this movie and I literally thought they started it in the middle of the movie. Like woah he’s already wearing the make up???

  • ROAR Mbee
    ROAR Mbee 8 days ago +1

    Todd Phillips is not just make the origin story of the joker, but also make joker empathy to the audience, todd phillips is genius

  • AaronIMN
    AaronIMN 8 days ago +2

    I wish I could watch joker for the first time again

  • AaronIMN
    AaronIMN 8 days ago +2

    This is one of those videos I didn’t want to end. Is it just me?

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  • killer92173
    killer92173 8 days ago +1

    Director of the Hangover trilogy everybody!! Huge respect for this man!!

  • Jimin's Whitening Soap
    Jimin's Whitening Soap 9 days ago +1


  • Samantha Nichole
    Samantha Nichole 9 days ago +2

    Joaquin Phoenix was simply stunning in this film. I could feel his acting in my heart and soul

  • CuSnPbZn
    CuSnPbZn 9 days ago

    That high pichted grunt! Oh, the pain at 4:41!

  • TSH Xaitz
    TSH Xaitz 9 days ago

    Sprint: you can trade in an iPhone 6s or above In any condition and get an iPhone 11 for just $0 a month!

    Verizon: Am I a joke to you?

  • Matea A
    Matea A 9 days ago

    People didn't like the movie because they expected the funny, quirky, "Batman", purple-green Joker and not the real and raw story about his

  • wellwhatdoyakno
    wellwhatdoyakno 9 days ago

    10:57-11:09 I mean I wouldn’t know s)&)@ until I heard the deep gem of a director express in such detail the intricacy of the character. Astounding! Loved his performance too.

  • Mascus Overticus
    Mascus Overticus 10 days ago

    I didnt knew he direct Hangovers trilogy too hahaha

  • raglanheuser
    raglanheuser 10 days ago +2

    critic score 0%
    Audience score 100%


    • The Joker
      The Joker 6 days ago

      raglanheuser i don't understand what the point of the critics , the audience opinions are more important

  • ofek sharon
    ofek sharon 10 days ago

    I didn't even see the flower part until he mentioned it

  • J Z
    J Z 10 days ago

    Unsettling tone is an understatement.

  • Katia Daher
    Katia Daher 10 days ago

    "Hey Im tod philips the director of the joker"
    Me: if only I had that on my cv

  • Cheryl Y
    Cheryl Y 11 days ago

    I never noticed the water flower part! Omg the littlest of details matter!

  • Monitors of Decorum & Decency

    JP is such a gifted, talented actor! What. A. Performance.
    Todd Phillips is a master director, too!

  • Eleo2k
    Eleo2k 11 days ago +3

    That one tear, was the only time Joker was ever able to show his true emotion

  • Cokedup Normies
    Cokedup Normies 11 days ago

    Hey isn't he the Hangover guy?

  • Tobygas
    Tobygas 11 days ago

    Pogg Todd

  • Enflict Paintball
    Enflict Paintball 11 days ago

    What Todd Phillips and I have in common is our mutual love of epic intros. The rest of my videos may not be all that great, but I take great pride in my intro sequences.

  • Vijay Kumawat
    Vijay Kumawat 12 days ago

    what camera do you (vanity fair) use to make this video, plz reply

  • Villainous
    Villainous 12 days ago

    Even though this dude made all 3 hangover movies I really like that he didn’t Just make another movie like that and not only that he took this dc character with stories like the killing joke, Batman who laughs and all these and didn’t just make this another superhero film cuz I think now super hero movies are getting tired.

  • Tom Marvolo Riddle
    Tom Marvolo Riddle 12 days ago +1

    I love that movie

  • RYANimations
    RYANimations 12 days ago +1

    I understand it takes a good actor to make a good film. But it is the DIRECTOR that matters more than almost any either cast member.

  • J
    J 12 days ago

    this was a bunch of silly prancing around trying to be artsy.

  • Ziggity Beaner70
    Ziggity Beaner70 13 days ago +221

    If Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t get an Oscar we riot

    • James Behrje
      James Behrje 3 days ago

      they'll probably give it to Tom Hanks because Tom Hanks goes along with the media's liberal narrative. I call it now!!!

    • XavP
      XavP 9 days ago +10

      Everyone puts on clown masks

  • eve romero
    eve romero 13 days ago +1

    I think EVERYBODY missed the big picture here, This man was TERRIBLY abused as a child, and NOBODY ever did a thing about it, not even his mother, that is why he killed her. He is a depiction of what happens to children on a daily basis, and the reason people become Jokers in the first place. Nobody ever helps them so they have to help themselves by finding a way to blend in. If they can't blend in any more, they break. You people are idiots to think the movie was about anything else.