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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  • Boner
    Boner  3 hours back

    Joker was the first movie I’ve ever had to watch something twice

    • aquard
      aquard  4 hours back

      he looks like a curious mix of George Clooney and Hugh Laurie

      • Jamere Jackson
        Jamere Jackson  6 hours back

        This guy wont look u in the eyes no matter what🤣🤣💯

        • Chong Xinyi
          Chong Xinyi  19 hours back

          Joker 2 plss

          • Timothy Dendy
            Timothy Dendy  1 days back

            I want to see a wolf of wallstreet version of DC Comics Lex Luther.

            • Eric Gregory
              Eric Gregory  1 days back

              8:40 you are obsessive? Why the 2000's storefronts and signage and 2005 spray on stucco?

              • Fairy odd Parents
                Fairy odd Parents  1 days back

                I’m not to big on DC I’m more Marvel but this was really incredible I did not expect this movie to be so good. Btw I just watched the movie yesterday at night and I was kinda scared 😂💀

                • Tommy
                  Tommy  1 days back

                  Joker is already a classic. Actually, after every movies Joaquin acted in, the movie became masterpiece and his related character became Joaquin''s career-defining role. Walk the Line, We Own the Night, Gladiator, The Yards, Two Lovers, Her, The Master or now Joker. Amazing actor that has still many astonishing things to provide us with and that's great news.

                  • superflashdan 35
                    superflashdan 35  1 days back

                    Is it just me it did the beginning of the movie look like a fan film

                    • MrCcragg27
                      MrCcragg27  1 days back

                      this movie looks amazing.

                      • Kya Namikaze
                        Kya Namikaze  2 days back

                        So nobody sees Batman in the mirror in the beginning?

                        • Mr Panda Man
                          Mr Panda Man  2 days back


                          • Rose
                            Rose  2 days back

                            Does anyone have a clue about the pen the Joker/Arthur used in the movie for his comedy or journal notes? Very curious.

                            • Yasen
                              Yasen  2 days back

                              Am I the only one that thinks that he looks so much like Donald Sutherland ????

                              • A Preacher
                                A Preacher  2 days back

                                The main question is why was he grabbing his crotch...

                                • Nathanael Reyes
                                  Nathanael Reyes  2 days back

                                  My mom actually was born in and lived in Harlem when she was little. Cool to know parts of the film were shot there.

                                  • SMG2fanatic
                                    SMG2fanatic  2 days back

                                    This movie was ok. Fight me

                                    • Lindnesday
                                      Lindnesday  2 days back

                                      i’ve watched this yesterday and i’m still in pain.. i never thought i’d like a villain character like this..

                                      • SG 008
                                        SG 008  2 days back

                                        Joker is that mass murdering phychopath you just want to give a hug... 👏👏👏☠️☠️☠️

                                        • Black Sheep
                                          Black Sheep  2 days back

                                          look me in the eyes!

                                          • Captain Jack Sparrow
                                            Captain Jack Sparrow  2 days back

                                            Do you wanna know how I got these O-scars.

                                            • Christina Taylor
                                              Christina Taylor  3 days back

                                              How can anyone dislike this? 🤔🙄🙄🙄🙄

                                              • iHaveContrl
                                                iHaveContrl  3 days back

                                                @1:20 Manhattan? Wasn't it supposed to be Gothem though?

                                                • musicaltheatergeek79
                                                  musicaltheatergeek79  2 days back

                                                  *FYI:* Gotham has been a nickname for NYC since forever.

                                                • irij
                                                  irij  2 days back

                                                  iHaveContrl The scene was shot in Manhattan... The city is supposed to be Gotham.

                                              • Zenia Kfn
                                                Zenia Kfn  3 days back

                                                This scene made me cry sooooo much😭❤️

                                                • Adityavardhan Jain
                                                  Adityavardhan Jain  3 days back

                                                  Sir... YOU are a genius

                                                  • toastingbread
                                                    toastingbread  3 days back

                                                    SPOLER ALERT: The end joke that joker plays on the audience is to trick you into thinking it was a good film.

                                                    • Debora Cyclone
                                                      Debora Cyclone  3 days back

                                                      This man is a great genius, thanks for this masterpiece

                                                      • JADYN RIBERA
                                                        JADYN RIBERA  3 days back

                                                        For some reason I’m practicing that slip

                                                        • Jada Smith
                                                          Jada Smith  3 days back

                                                          Best movie ever!!! .... the part that had me laughing so hard was when the gun fell🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

                                                          • aotphixion
                                                            aotphixion  3 days back

                                                            He did amazing as Joker BUT Bryan "The Kid" Callen STOLE the show. SSS'GOOOD

                                                            • Atilio Escobar
                                                              Atilio Escobar  3 days back

                                                              So where was Bryan Callen in the movie? I couldn't find him..

                                                              • Litetaker
                                                                Litetaker  4 days back

                                                                I WANT TO TAKE A SEMESTER LONG COURSE ON THIS MOVIE!
                                                                WITH DIRECTOR TODD PHILLIPS BREAKING EVERY SCENE DOWN!
                                                                DOING CHARACTER ANALYSIS!
                                                                I AM PUMPED!

                                                                WHERE CAN I THROW MY MONEY???

                                                                • awais sh
                                                                  awais sh  4 days back

                                                                  Born to play that role

                                                                  • Em Campos
                                                                    Em Campos  4 days back

                                                                    I loved the movie, I am a high functioning depressive and I felt how bad it was for him to transition to trying, distraught onto embracing his madness. Todd Philipps was amazing as well since I was always on the edge of my seat whenever I feel like Arthur is going violent. This is a masterpiece very few may appreciate.

                                                                    • BK42 Channel
                                                                      BK42 Channel  4 days back

                                                                      What a class!!!

                                                                      • Taolo Samuel
                                                                        Taolo Samuel  4 days back

                                                                        This guy seems like a genuinely good director

                                                                        • Rodolfo Rodriguez
                                                                          Rodolfo Rodriguez  4 days back

                                                                          If you if give me to Joaquin,can you intro me as joker?

                                                                          • Rodolfo Rodriguez
                                                                            Rodolfo Rodriguez  4 days back

                                                                            If you can give me to Joaquin,can you introduce me as joker?

                                                                        • Santos
                                                                          Santos  4 days back

                                                                          I subscribed to your channel. Now the only thing I ask is to show 'Joker's full movie analysis by its director'.

                                                                          • redhotchilifan98
                                                                            redhotchilifan98  4 days back

                                                                            I hope the bluray has an entire commentary by Todd he blew me away with how good his directing was in the film such beautiful shots the cinematography had that gorgeous 70s grain to it I think this film is gonna make Todd very sought after

                                                                            • redhotchilifan98
                                                                              redhotchilifan98  2 days back

                                                                              @irij bummer

                                                                            • irij
                                                                              irij  2 days back

                                                                              redhotchilifan98 Nope, Todd already confirmed there wont be any commentary or directors cut.

                                                                          • Kieran Graham
                                                                            Kieran Graham  4 days back

                                                                            I like how much he cares, how much he thought about each individual scene. I think that’s why it was such a great movie.

                                                                            • Brion McManus
                                                                              Brion McManus  4 days back

                                                                              I lived in that part of Manhattan, 1973-1984 and very accurate. The movie will win Best Movie and eight other Academy Awards!

                                                                              • Helenie Demir
                                                                                Helenie Demir  4 days back

                                                                                It’s been said a million times already that we all feel bad for Arthur in some way, you know, certain scenes and stuff, but to me, Phoenix’ voice really made me connect with the character. That kinda high pitch at moments like when he’s running after those kids and that “hey” comes out, I just want to burst into tears.

                                                                                • Drunk Wolf
                                                                                  Drunk Wolf  4 days back

                                                                                  Omg the water coming out of the flower, i had not noticed that. Awesome.

                                                                                • MrBigT
                                                                                  MrBigT  4 days back

                                                                                  i'd love to know what films Todd watches

                                                                                  • jackie stroh
                                                                                    jackie stroh  5 days back

                                                                                    What an incredible movie. And a complete mind f*ck! I have seen it twice and has me still thinking about it.... Excellent! Joaquin Phoenix is just brilliant. Oscar deserving!

                                                                                    • Mutaz Muhanad Hammad
                                                                                      Mutaz Muhanad Hammad  5 days back

                                                                                      I want more!!!

                                                                                      • Matlockization
                                                                                        Matlockization  5 days back

                                                                                        This movie depicts a world were Democratic socialism reigns supreme.

                                                                                        • acedia.
                                                                                          acedia.  3 days back

                                                                                          Um no. Crony capitalism if anything

                                                                                      • Two Three
                                                                                        Two Three  5 days back

                                                                                        JOAQUER is Jokin' Phoenix