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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  • Umaru Chan
    Umaru Chan 35 minutes ago

    I felt sorry for joker when he was walking up the stairs. I can feel that his tired and depressed 😢

  • Jenny Sheekey
    Jenny Sheekey Hour ago

    He looks like Donald Sutherland

  • Sleya Raze
    Sleya Raze Hour ago

    i want part 2 part 3 .. of todd breaking down the Joker

  • Ayane Elleanna
    Ayane Elleanna Hour ago

    this scene alone made me cry, 100% deserves an oscar

  • OutOfRocket
    OutOfRocket 2 hours ago

    have some respect and put Todd Phillips name in the title

  • Imma Marsia
    Imma Marsia 2 hours ago

    A movie with less CGI that make people feeling anxiety, speechless and can relate about the society things is the true masterpiece!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩

  • Ruff Inc
    Ruff Inc 2 hours ago

    be kind to one another you never know what someone is going through. one compliment can make a persons day or save a persons life.

  • J T
    J T 3 hours ago

    Why does the Latin boy (he is the one that smashes him in the face with the sign) HAVE to be the one influencing the other kids to be bad? STEREOTYPE!

  • jacob_ films
    jacob_ films 4 hours ago

    If the dvd doesn't have director's commentary then i will be very disappointed...

  • Raeesa Obray
    Raeesa Obray 4 hours ago

    The movie was a tragic masterpiece.. Thank you.. No movie has ever grabbed me like #Joker did..

  • Julian
    Julian 4 hours ago

    I cant wait to rewatch this film in dvd quality. I feel like its easier to miss things in theaters.

  • K0I F1SH
    K0I F1SH 6 hours ago

    I just got really sad when the flower was trying to do that little funny water squirt while Arthur was on the floor

  • K0I F1SH
    K0I F1SH 6 hours ago

    I need to watch this movie a 6th time

  • Brad Stewart
    Brad Stewart 6 hours ago +1

    For some reason, Him not wearing a watch made me feel weird.

  • blue X
    blue X 7 hours ago


  • M
    M 7 hours ago

    I guess he didn't have to send used condoms to his colleagues

  • emergerq
    emergerq 8 hours ago

    Respect to an excellent director and of course fantastic leading actor. Let this inspire more directors to make real movies with depth and character. The world needs this now having been bombarded with crap CGI nonsense, shallow characters with no soul for the past decade

  • Stef James
    Stef James 8 hours ago

    Does anyone remember Todd licking the girls feet in Road trip? 😂 🤚🏻

  • Meedie Ochre
    Meedie Ochre 9 hours ago

    I didn't even notice the water coming out of the flower until he pointed it out.

  • Eddie Green's 101
    Eddie Green's 101 10 hours ago

    Hopefully the Blu-ray and 4K has an audio commentary with Todd. Listening to him break down these moments is wonderful. Would love to hear about the entire film!

  • Anderson Daniel Soria Blas

    I want a full piano soundtrack of the dance scene

  • Index Fossil
    Index Fossil 11 hours ago

    THIS MOVIE SUCKS! There is nothing new in this movie! Just a copy of Taxi Driver for Millennials (who probably never watched the original). It's not a tribute to Scorsese's film it was a robbery! The worst was that each scene was designed to generate an iconic visual effect, killing every natural aspect that exists between the actor and the camera ...

  • SavoryBaby
    SavoryBaby 11 hours ago

    I cannot connect to this film

  • Lil Kay
    Lil Kay 11 hours ago

    This movie had such beautiful acting. Phenomenal.

  • Laura Lamb
    Laura Lamb 11 hours ago

    Jojo Gomez brought me here. :)

  • Warren London
    Warren London 12 hours ago

    This movie was very dark, but then again it was very necessary.
    It's a reflection of the world without filters.
    Powerful movie

  • Olafur Jon Bjornsson
    Olafur Jon Bjornsson 12 hours ago

    I get a european drama vibe vibe in this movie, really didn't expect it, the whole movie also feels like performance art, you can't put the character in any box, he jumps out of it in the next scene, that makes him feel like a real person to me, not a fictional character. Feels like the message in the movie is, the world is not black or white, its in full blown technicolor.

  • Imhim247
    Imhim247 12 hours ago

    This movie got Oscar award written all over it. Love Joker!

  • Wackadoodle
    Wackadoodle 15 hours ago

    This is why we need to bring back philosophy. We lack the touch of thought now a'days.

  • Odd Creative
    Odd Creative 15 hours ago

    Every frame in this film is art.

  • Loudovic Baris
    Loudovic Baris 16 hours ago

    Todd ur a genius

  • Marbeli
    Marbeli 16 hours ago

    The flower blew my mind

  • Karl Senio Tuiala Malolo

    We love you and your vision Todd ♥️♥️♥️

  • Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus

    I had seen the water coming out of the flower as his heart bleeding

  • JSChulo
    JSChulo 17 hours ago

    Anyone else not see the water come out of the flower until now.

  • Matthew Basile
    Matthew Basile 18 hours ago

    Fire everyone making the DCU movies and put this guy in please.

  • PsychoEmbassador
    PsychoEmbassador 18 hours ago

    I thought that flower pouring out was supposed to represent a need for him to cry. A feeling that he wished to hide, but an intense feeling that still needed to be expressed. I've been bullied as a child, so I know it all too well. Seeing this brought back horrible memories.

  • Depressed Carrot
    Depressed Carrot 18 hours ago

    I watched Joker yesterday and I'm obsessed. I really want to watch it again, it was amazing. Also, I'd watch the whole movie with Todd Phillips explaining everything with pleasure.

  • Maja Szul
    Maja Szul 18 hours ago +1

    Just a friendly reminder, your data might be on 👍

  • ShredderSensei
    ShredderSensei 19 hours ago

    I told my wife that if Tom Cruise is the best movie runner, Joaquin is the worst lol

  • Alexander Hamilton
    Alexander Hamilton 19 hours ago

    The guy on the bus who tries to suck Amy Smart's toes in Road Trip :)

  • ahmed ronaldokahn
    ahmed ronaldokahn 19 hours ago

    Hey..I genuinely like this video!

  • Heather Lynn
    Heather Lynn 20 hours ago

    he's a genius! i need more!

  • Julian A
    Julian A 20 hours ago +1

    Who else didn’t notice the water coming out the flower ?

  • davidmalley122
    davidmalley122 20 hours ago +1

    When Joker gets hit by the sign and that sad music I was 100% on his side on how he became Joker.

  • Desert Rat
    Desert Rat 21 hour ago

    All of that analysis and level of details for the first few minutes of the movie. Goes to show why it takes so long to produce a great movie. I've rewatched this movie multiple times to take in and appreciate all the details.

  • Siva Prakash
    Siva Prakash 21 hour ago

    woahhh..that much depth within just a few minutes....jeez i gotta rewatch

  • Alfonso Jimenez
    Alfonso Jimenez 21 hour ago +1

    Now do one of these for the entire movie

  • Selena Rivera
    Selena Rivera 21 hour ago +1

    I want him to break down the whole movie

  • 27thery25
    27thery25 22 hours ago

    Dutch angle? 10:27

  • Feleicia Wynn
    Feleicia Wynn 22 hours ago

    Very beautiful, well thought through and understanding movie that explains the horror of our selfish society.

  • Gabriel Romero
    Gabriel Romero 22 hours ago

    - Is handed an unnecessary marker.
    - Okay, I guess I'll circle this...and um... this... and... that.

  • Saiba Hameed
    Saiba Hameed 22 hours ago


  • Dirk Reurslag
    Dirk Reurslag 23 hours ago

    This is the guy that did Hangover part 3 and Due Date and here he's all of a sudden acting like he's Scorcese wtf lmao.

  • Matt Grimmer
    Matt Grimmer 23 hours ago

    Jesus, I want a 4 hour version where Todd Phillips does this for the whole movie.

  • Cyrus Tan
    Cyrus Tan 23 hours ago

    Hildur with that soundtrack is sooo fitted with the movie's tone ❤

  • Arnamo
    Arnamo 23 hours ago

    What an absolute masterpiece!

  • Ale
    Ale Day ago

    You know shit’s about to go down when you hear the cello playing

  • ivy
    ivy Day ago

    if not for this, i would not have noticed that joker pressed the button for the flower and water flowed out

  • Fresh Creepypasta Narrator

    Yep his acting is as good as him name