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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  • Uncle Traveling Matt
    Uncle Traveling Matt  47 minutes back

    Its TP.

    • prathmesh X
      prathmesh X  1 hours back

      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  1 hours back

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

        • Patrick Libunao
          Patrick Libunao  2 hours back

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

          • Rasheen Babe
            Rasheen Babe  4 hours back

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

            • Daisy Ast
              Daisy Ast  4 hours back

              He looks like Daniel seavey lol

              • kris234k
                kris234k  4 hours back

                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  9 hours back


                  • Rodanthi Lala
                    Rodanthi Lala  29 minutes back


                • Trinity Gahagen
                  Trinity Gahagen  10 hours back

                  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  11 hours back

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

                    • Sonia Chaudhry
                      Sonia Chaudhry  12 hours back

                      Sheer brilliance

                      • Franco98k
                        Franco98k  12 hours back

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

                        • by Flights
                          by Flights  12 hours back

                          Insane! What a Movie Seriously.

                          • Cynthia A
                            Cynthia A  13 hours back

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

                            • Kewl Beone
                              Kewl Beone  13 hours back

                              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  13 hours back

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

                                • Lovely Latoya
                                  Lovely Latoya  13 hours back

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

                                  • laura mendoza
                                    laura mendoza  14 hours back

                                    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.

                                    • topcat365
                                      topcat365  14 hours back


                                      • Javier Hernandez
                                        Javier Hernandez  14 hours back

                                        thanks for this masterpiece Todd

                                        • Gloromo
                                          Gloromo  15 hours back

                                          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  15 hours back

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

                                            • Sniza
                                              Sniza  16 hours back

                                              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
                                                Nemesis_The_Zombie_King  16 hours back

                                                this Joker was so tragic

                                                • burnedice98
                                                  burnedice98  17 hours back

                                                  Woah why is Bryan callen in the thumbnail

                                                  • N Valiente
                                                    N Valiente  17 hours back

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

                                                    • Cometcrash4700
                                                      Cometcrash4700  18 hours back

                                                      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
                                                        LULI LAGARTOS  18 hours back

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

                                                        • Der Schweigefuchs - Audiobooks

                                                          I was the only one in cinema having a gigglge about the clown flower :/

                                                          • Bret Rodriguez
                                                            Bret Rodriguez  18 hours back

                                                            Honestly, I could see Joker getting snubbed bc of how the Academy runs things.

                                                            • Jack Harris
                                                              Jack Harris  18 hours back

                                                              I think it’s interesting how it was described as a slow ramp up to insanity as opposed to a spiral out of control given the end of the movie lmao

                                                              • Gambit
                                                                Gambit  19 hours back

                                                                This movie is a F***ing masterpiece

                                                                • Jack Berry
                                                                  Jack Berry  19 hours back

                                                                  INCREDIBLE method having the soundtrack written prior to shooting to use as influence on set. Very powerful.

                                                                  • The Dark Knight
                                                                    The Dark Knight  19 hours back

                                                                    I could listen to him talk about this movie for hours

                                                                    • ↞Jamz↠
                                                                      ↞Jamz↠  19 hours back

                                                                      I didn’t even noticed that he made water come out of the flower

                                                                      • Elfuelte
                                                                        Elfuelte  20 hours back

                                                                        Thank you Todd. YOU MADE IT.

                                                                        • PAKYH
                                                                          PAKYH  21 hours back

                                                                          hey vanity, I think we found who could do Daeneris T. insanity

                                                                          • Cruzito Carl
                                                                            Cruzito Carl  21 hours back

                                                                            this guy is a artist.

                                                                            • Flamingo Mingo
                                                                              Flamingo Mingo  21 hours back

                                                                              I watched this with my friend and she really said the movie was “aight” and she liked suicide squad better. I just left her right there.

                                                                              • Sam Argirou
                                                                                Sam Argirou  22 hours back

                                                                                - 11:28 -
                                                                                Can anyone please elaborate on the process of using an animation stand for Title Sequences? 
                                                                                More so in the context of it being shot on film as I've seen how digital title sequences are made (ie through Adobe) but interested in finding out how you can shoot them on film!:)

                                                                                • Lola Lilac
                                                                                  Lola Lilac  23 hours back

                                                                                  What about the clocks always showing the time..11:11 it showed like 2-3 times. If is was a coincidence..that is amazing spiritually tho

                                                                                  • Dalton speaks
                                                                                    Dalton speaks  23 hours back


                                                                                    • Dalton speaks
                                                                                      Dalton speaks  23 hours back

                                                                                      This movie is mainly driven by Joaquin's outstanding performance. And it has been the best movie made in many years!

                                                                                      • Romi Farooqi
                                                                                        Romi Farooqi  23 hours back

                                                                                        The last smile with blood gave me chill

                                                                                        • Osamah Kiwan
                                                                                          Osamah Kiwan  24 hours back

                                                                                          As director of the film you did a fantastic job and I applaud you for it.

                                                                                          • GeoJJx
                                                                                            GeoJJx  1 days back

                                                                                            I didnt notice that flower water squirt! :O I wonder what else I missed

                                                                                            • Derrick Davis
                                                                                              Derrick Davis  1 days back

                                                                                              Guess I’m the only one that missed the flower part lol

                                                                                              • The Plant-Based Crank
                                                                                                The Plant-Based Crank  1 days back

                                                                                                Best villain movie ever