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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  • Rexen
    Rexen 30 minutes ago

    Wait a minute... Did Doctor House directed Joker?

  • Grace Lamb
    Grace Lamb 30 minutes ago

    The cinematography of this movie was EVERYTHING! So many utterly chilling shots where all the elements worked together perfectly

  • Grace Lamb
    Grace Lamb 32 minutes ago

    We’re all the scenes with the girl (besides the elevator and him coming into her apartment) his imagination?

  • bianca chery
    bianca chery Hour ago

    Y'all, Be really honest. Is this Heath Ledger good? I feel like it just might be, but we won't give Joaquin the credit because Heath Ledger passed and he was the best joker we had until that time. Also in the Dark Knight, we really only saw clips of Joker, not Joker as the whole subject. I feel like it might be but idk

  • mark grant
    mark grant Hour ago

    Brilliant film, so inspirational. Joaquin is totally skeletal, haven’t laughed that much since I watched the comedy classic, The Shining.

  • Alex Barker
    Alex Barker 2 hours ago

    I didnt even see the water come out...

  • humanoid
    humanoid 2 hours ago

    “I want just a little bit of f**king decency! What is it with you people?”

  • TheOwlCreek
    TheOwlCreek 2 hours ago +1

    Todd Phillips should direct a GG Alen bio pic

  • Reinaldo Alejandro Miret Laurenet

    This movie put tears on my eyes

  • Andy Baughman
    Andy Baughman 4 hours ago

    Next up: Joker Director Breaks Down the Ending Scene.

  • Rockabelle
    Rockabelle 4 hours ago

    I love this movie so much. It's fascinating to hear the director go over the details scene-by-scene.

  • Lwiz G.
    Lwiz G. 4 hours ago


  • Alderstrike
    Alderstrike 5 hours ago

    it is crazy to see Todd Phillips' talent that was overshadowed by The Hangover and the likes until now

    HAYA BULMANN 5 hours ago

    My best part about such a movie; the director speaks his movie to the audience. Class

  • Skorpion 360
    Skorpion 360 5 hours ago

    Who else didnt notice the flower squirting the water when watching the first time?🙋‍♂️

  • m0rbidh0rr0r
    m0rbidh0rr0r 5 hours ago

    “You never know somebody until you’ve seen them run.” 🤣

  • Josh Rocklage
    Josh Rocklage 6 hours ago

    One of my favorite scenes was him laughing at the wrong times during the stand up routine hahaha it was so great.

  • Richard Clock
    Richard Clock 7 hours ago

    I was a bit of a class clown at school...

    I wasn't funny. The children were terrified.

  • John Alirai
    John Alirai 8 hours ago

    Arthur life was a tragedy.... he lives still with his friends...either girlfriend or wife... he lost his job... he was sick... he was abused as a kid ... and the result ..become JOKER

  • Michelle
    Michelle 8 hours ago +1

    I really thought iconic movies were over in this generation. After watching corny pointless hyped movies like IT and black panther... this movie brought back my love for films!! Definitely an iconic film.❤️

  • Bobini1502
    Bobini1502 8 hours ago

    He ought brake down the last scenes with the blood smile and the last moments in Arkham

  • dafcorleone
    dafcorleone 8 hours ago +1

    Todd did an amazing job

    • A numba 9 large Extra dip
      A numba 9 large Extra dip 3 minutes ago

      Who would've thought that the director of the hangover a comedy would direct the joker a character study type film thats oscar worthy wow just goes to show anything is possible in love his passion.

  • Nidhi Kamble
    Nidhi Kamble 8 hours ago

    I want Joker to kill those little pricks who beat him up.

  • TheKrish09
    TheKrish09 8 hours ago

    Todd Phillips would actually pull off a decent Joker himself. He got the looks for it

  • Aleus Gaming
    Aleus Gaming 8 hours ago

    1:02 did you guys see Batman, I saw Batman in the mirror

  • Luciano Bruzzone
    Luciano Bruzzone 9 hours ago +2

    Seen it yesterday. Im just gonna say "excellent job, Todd"

  • Claudia Goldsmith
    Claudia Goldsmith 10 hours ago

    Todd Phillips sucks but this movie is very good

  • Aadyaa Madhu
    Aadyaa Madhu 11 hours ago

    I want more of this please

  • Chronically_ Me
    Chronically_ Me 11 hours ago

    I never realized that Joker was squeezing the bulb for the flower in that one scene, I just thought he was grabbing his ribs in pain...very intriguing, love that deeper meaning in it.

  • OneEye Man
    OneEye Man 11 hours ago

    Thank you for these clips VF!

  • Charles Schulze
    Charles Schulze 11 hours ago

    Can you introduce me as Joker

  • Bmw Forlife
    Bmw Forlife 11 hours ago

    What pianomusic is that starting at 4:40

  • Uncle Traveling Matt
    Uncle Traveling Matt 13 hours ago

    Its TP.

  • prathmesh X
    prathmesh X 13 hours ago +1

    What I experienced during this movie is the audience who came to see this...... They were their only for some Instagram n Facebook post ....ppl who wanted to stay with the internet .....
    These people were their eating n chatting not watching the key aspects n on the way out called it boring....WTF!!... NOT A MOVIE FOR U PPL

  • Adrian Arengo
    Adrian Arengo 13 hours ago

    We missed the first 15 mins of the movie, and this, the foundation, is what we needed.

  • Patrick Libunao
    Patrick Libunao 14 hours ago +1

    every scene is the most important scene in this movie. its that good

  • Rasheen Babe
    Rasheen Babe 16 hours ago

    Did anyone noticed that the joker is a black man life?

  • Daisy Ast
    Daisy Ast 16 hours ago

    He looks like Daniel seavey lol

  • kris234k
    kris234k 17 hours ago +1

    Mr. Phillips, I know probably you would never read this but I want to thank you for the movie you have made. It is a masterpiece and nothing short of genius. I still cannot stop thinking about the movie. Please, just consider the possibility of a second one.

  • Wtf Olivia
    Wtf Olivia 21 hour ago +1


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      Rodanthi Lala 13 hours ago


  • Trinity Gahagen
    Trinity Gahagen 22 hours ago

    Not even five minutes into the movie, my friend and I were both sobbing in the theater. This movie is a masterpiece.

  • Kavach Saxena
    Kavach Saxena 23 hours ago

    When that music came in at 10:39, I had goosebumps in the theatre. Such a beautiful composition

  • Sonia Chaudhry
    Sonia Chaudhry Day ago

    Sheer brilliance

  • Franco98k
    Franco98k Day ago

    I see the movie two times and i didnt notice the flower throwing water. Great detail.

  • by Flights
    by Flights Day ago

    Insane! What a Movie Seriously.

  • Cynthia A
    Cynthia A Day ago

    Just watched the movie and it’s definitely a conversation piece. This break down was deep.

  • Kewl Beone
    Kewl Beone Day ago

    Great movie - seen the outtakes- there is a even better but say 20 mins longer in there. TP and JP deserve a director’s cut

  • Annette Louise
    Annette Louise Day ago

    would have been a gorgeous touch if Arthur pushed that tear back up with his finger.

  • Lovely Latoya
    Lovely Latoya Day ago

    Me and my family just watched this tonight! Awesome movie!

  • laura mendoza
    laura mendoza Day ago

    I watched the movie last night and honesty it is a master piece the whole first half I cried. It touched so many important mental health issues.

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  • Javier Hernandez
    Javier Hernandez Day ago +1

    thanks for this masterpiece Todd

  • Gloromo
    Gloromo Day ago +1

    Thank you sir, for working on this masterpiece, this extreme rolercoaster of feels. Thank you for bringing this story to Life and showing it to the World.

  • Big Depression
    Big Depression Day ago

    I don’t cry too often but the opening scene with the sign almost got me

  • Sniza
    Sniza Day ago

    4:09 Sergio Leone did this the same with Ennio Morricone in "Once Upon a Time in the west." I bet Todd knows this.

  • Nemesis_The_Zombie_King

    this Joker was so tragic

  • burnedice98
    burnedice98 Day ago

    Woah why is Bryan callen in the thumbnail

  • N Valiente
    N Valiente Day ago +1

    I’ve watched the movie at the cinema twice and I wanna go for the third time asap

  • Cometcrash4700
    Cometcrash4700 Day ago

    I mean the joker literally gets hit over the head with a sign that says that says “EVERYTHING MUST GO” at the beginning of the movie. As if that isn’t symbolism enough for him to begin his spiral down and bring anarchy on the stratification of Gotham and the cruel world he is forced to live in.

    LULI LAGARTOS Day ago +2

    I feel like this director must get an Oscar too...