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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  • Wtf Olivia
    Wtf Olivia  4 hours back


    • Trinity Gahagen
      Trinity Gahagen  5 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  6 hours back

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

        • Sonia Chaudhry
          Sonia Chaudhry  7 hours back

          Sheer brilliance

          • Franco98k
            Franco98k  7 hours back

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

            • by Flights
              by Flights  7 hours back

              Insane! What a Movie Seriously.

              • Cynthia A
                Cynthia A  8 hours back

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

                • Kewl Beone
                  Kewl Beone  8 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  8 hours back

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

                    • Lovely Latoya
                      Lovely Latoya  8 hours back

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

                      • laura mendoza
                        laura mendoza  9 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  9 hours back


                          • Javier Hernandez
                            Javier Hernandez  9 hours back

                            thanks for this masterpiece Todd

                            • Gloromo
                              Gloromo  10 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  10 hours back

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

                                • Sniza
                                  Sniza  11 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  11 hours back

                                    this Joker was so tragic

                                    • burnedice98
                                      burnedice98  11 hours back

                                      Woah why is Bryan callen in the thumbnail

                                      • N Valiente
                                        N Valiente  12 hours back

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

                                        • Cometcrash4700
                                          Cometcrash4700  13 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  13 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  13 hours back

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

                                                • Jack Harris
                                                  Jack Harris  13 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  14 hours back

                                                    This movie is a F***ing masterpiece

                                                    • Jack Berry
                                                      Jack Berry  14 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  14 hours back

                                                        I could listen to him talk about this movie for hours

                                                        • ↞Jamz↠
                                                          ↞Jamz↠  14 hours back

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

                                                          • Elfuelte
                                                            Elfuelte  14 hours back

                                                            Thank you Todd. YOU MADE IT.

                                                            • PAKYH
                                                              PAKYH  16 hours back

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

                                                              • Cruzito Carl
                                                                Cruzito Carl  16 hours back

                                                                this guy is a artist.

                                                                • Flamingo Mingo
                                                                  Flamingo Mingo  16 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  17 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  18 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  18 hours back


                                                                        • Dalton speaks
                                                                          Dalton speaks  18 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  18 hours back

                                                                            The last smile with blood gave me chill

                                                                            • Osamah Kiwan
                                                                              Osamah Kiwan  18 hours back

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

                                                                              • GeoJJx
                                                                                GeoJJx  19 hours back

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

                                                                                • Derrick Davis
                                                                                  Derrick Davis  19 hours back

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

                                                                                  • The Plant-Based Crank
                                                                                    The Plant-Based Crank  20 hours back

                                                                                    Best villain movie ever

                                                                                    • Umaru Chan
                                                                                      Umaru Chan  20 hours back

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

                                                                                      • Jenny Sheekey
                                                                                        Jenny Sheekey  21 hours back

                                                                                        He looks like Donald Sutherland

                                                                                        • Sleya Raze
                                                                                          Sleya Raze  21 hours back

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

                                                                                          • Ayane Elleanna
                                                                                            Ayane Elleanna  22 hours back

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

                                                                                            • OutOfRocket
                                                                                              OutOfRocket  22 hours back

                                                                                              have some respect and put Todd Phillips name in the title

                                                                                              • Imma Marsia
                                                                                                Imma Marsia  22 hours back

                                                                                                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  22 hours back

                                                                                                  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.