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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  • Cameron Garrett
    Cameron Garrett 49 minutes ago

    if the first scene was in a real place, did he have all of the cars consent to be in the film????

  • Cameron Garrett
    Cameron Garrett 49 minutes ago

    if the first scene was in a real place, did he have all of the cars consent to be in the film????

  • fire34fly
    fire34fly 2 hours ago

    My god I got eagle eyes.
    I saw Joker a few days ago and the shot was like a second but I was like WAIT did that sign say Puerto Rico.
    4:44, man I was right lol

  • Valeria Talavera
    Valeria Talavera 2 hours ago

    *simply brilliant*

  • Cody Menard
    Cody Menard 2 hours ago

    Truly an incredible film. No other way to put it.

  • Gabby Velasquez
    Gabby Velasquez 2 hours ago

    Honestly deserves every Oscar, this is one of the best films I've seen in years. I left that theatre shaken.

  • Ari P
    Ari P 3 hours ago

    Thanks for this movie. I now know how I can defeat the joker once and for all.

  • KettiexD
    KettiexD 3 hours ago

    this guy looks like House

  • Be2cre8
    Be2cre8 4 hours ago

    Apparently, Kimmel doesn't know how to behave with a national treasure as Joaquin. Of all the ways Kimmel could go, and he thought this would be a great bit? Kimmel has proven to be a jerk. This felt so violating of a private moment processing with his art.

  • Crypto Elite
    Crypto Elite 4 hours ago

    I will never look at movies the same after witnessing this theatrical masterpiece. It’s everything every other movie isn’t.

  • Rhett Bernstein
    Rhett Bernstein 5 hours ago

    Honestly, the first good movie I've seen in a long long time.

  • Ashton Martin
    Ashton Martin 6 hours ago

    " if i have to have a past, then i prefer for it to be multiple choice."

  • Freedom Guru
    Freedom Guru 6 hours ago

    Todd Phillips is a freaking genius. Not only did he direct a masterpiece, but he chose the perfect cast.

  • Noman Arshad
    Noman Arshad 6 hours ago

    worst explanation in the history of directors. I don't know how he even is a director. wtf....lame...boring....nothing special...

  • Lucas Lee
    Lucas Lee 6 hours ago

    I can't find a scene that I don't like in this movie. Pure art!

  • evvignes
    evvignes 6 hours ago

    Didn’t see flower water.

  • Daul Penino
    Daul Penino 7 hours ago

    Directing is easy

  • Canaan Jones
    Canaan Jones 9 hours ago

    To me one the most heartbreaking parts, is when he walks into Sophie’s house and she’s freaking out and he just mumbles “ I had a bad day” 😔

  • Don
    Don 9 hours ago

    I didn't realize Arthur was intentionally triggering the flower. I thought it was a symbol that the kids had broken a part of his costume and the water that usually incites joy instead weeped out of him in a really depressing manner. I like my interpretation better.

  • Poptartjoey
    Poptartjoey 9 hours ago

    Im so glad he didn’t kill the midget and gave him mercy.

  • LeBron James
    LeBron James 9 hours ago


    Bryan Cranston is in El Camino

  • Jai Norman
    Jai Norman 9 hours ago

    Movie was terrible

  • Hellblazer311
    Hellblazer311 10 hours ago

    This movie was the greatest human achievement since the moon landing.

  • Sacred Sensui
    Sacred Sensui 10 hours ago

    It it just me or is it getting crazier in here?

  • Dictismit
    Dictismit 10 hours ago

    What is the piano song?!

  • Brandon Seligman
    Brandon Seligman 10 hours ago


  • ahmad idlbi
    ahmad idlbi 10 hours ago

    As long as I try to find answers about this movie ?! I only end up with many more questions

  • HE1NZ
    HE1NZ 10 hours ago

    Todd Phillips looks like Donald Sutherland

  • Jerome Mendoza
    Jerome Mendoza 11 hours ago +2

    Joaquin Phoenix does not deserve an Oscar

    Oscars NEED Joaquin Phoenix
    Oscars NEED Joker to have a purpose on this world

  • Vico Lituma
    Vico Lituma 11 hours ago

    This wasn’t a film, It Was ART for Me to Be Honest. loved every single detail.

  • Matheus Salabert
    Matheus Salabert 11 hours ago


  • at prodbywill_
    at prodbywill_ 11 hours ago

    now please do the whole movie

  • Banana Cake
    Banana Cake 11 hours ago

    Listen to him saying Arthur becomes the joker. So stfu with all your "its all an illusion in his head" theorys they are wack

  • holygoalie3
    holygoalie3 12 hours ago

    Todd Phillip: *says character study without explanation*

    14 yrs olds: wow this movie must be really deep

    RPP_LAPSSS 12 hours ago

    I demand a full break down

  • Stella Moon
    Stella Moon 12 hours ago

    How beautiful. Usually all my favorite movies that I love and got a hold of its DVD I would watch with the directors and actors commentation on. I would love a full breakdown like this one. Especially for this movie as you could tell the cinematography and acting and every little detail was fully thought of

  • Shubham Manna
    Shubham Manna 12 hours ago +1

    Can we expect a separate movie on dead shot too ?the guy's story looks interesting in suicide squard!

  • Fiorella Ordoñez
    Fiorella Ordoñez 13 hours ago


  • JohnnyMartini
    JohnnyMartini 13 hours ago

    If endgame is a 10/10, then Joker is a 9/10

  • gagan arora
    gagan arora 13 hours ago


  • Chiara Verdini
    Chiara Verdini 13 hours ago

    For the all video I was thinking:”Oh my God, he looks identical to Doctor House”.
    Ps: the film is magistral.

  • FrozenExplosion
    FrozenExplosion 13 hours ago

    i am going to watch this every oppurtunity i can whilst it is still on the big screen.....

  • FrozenExplosion
    FrozenExplosion 14 hours ago

    would be good to see the theme of real life carried on into the battle with batman

  • Ami
    Ami 14 hours ago

    He said" ramp up insanity"
    Instead of descend into ......or something else

  • Lisa Bender
    Lisa Bender 14 hours ago

    I am hanging on to every word. Fascinating how the visuals are created. Thank you for sharing the thoughts and intention in creating the depth of the scenes.

  • Zak Mineiko
    Zak Mineiko 14 hours ago +1

    0:50 the mirror resembles batman watching over joker

  • BigTimeSpider
    BigTimeSpider 14 hours ago

    This is now my favorite movie and director. The more I think and watch it thr more is unraveling in my minds eye and the more I love it.

  • FatalJapan
    FatalJapan 14 hours ago

    Just learned water came out the flower.... time to go rewatch it.

  • Harley Quinn
    Harley Quinn 15 hours ago


  • Fuaad Hersi
    Fuaad Hersi 15 hours ago

    10/10 movie

  • Paparuda Ruda
    Paparuda Ruda 15 hours ago

    You can’t even reproduce that sad-maniaco-ecstatic-sick laugh !
    Brilliant job!

  • K BB
    K BB 15 hours ago

    I cried in the first 2 minutes and then i cried over the whole movie

  • Greg's Masochistic Comment Factory

    "He's still Joker. He's still seeing comedy in this moment of pain." By the end of the movie, the chaos is funny, we're fully inside the eyes of Joker. It's an astonishing character study of the descent into madness.

  • Spartacus Carter
    Spartacus Carter 16 hours ago


  • Andrea Amaya
    Andrea Amaya 16 hours ago

    The only reason why people didn’t like this movie bc it was dark, but it’s great cinematography.

  • Lorenzo
    Lorenzo 16 hours ago +1

    Joaquin: Wanna know how I got these (O)scars?

  • khalid ismail
    khalid ismail 16 hours ago

    if this didnt make it to the top 10 of all time box office istg.....

  • Zakaria Zahrani
    Zakaria Zahrani 16 hours ago

    Always thought Todd Philips was content being a comedy director/producer only and a good one at that. Glad to see he's got more range and more creativity to express.

  • Noel Whitman
    Noel Whitman 18 hours ago

    The movie of our time. I hope they do not make another one.

  • ASMR Chess
    ASMR Chess 18 hours ago +1

    Masterpiece. Everybody knows it excepts the critics lol.

  • Termisium
    Termisium 18 hours ago

    I generally didn't like the movie and i think the opening was the most cliché and unimpressive part of this movie.

  • Jun Kim
    Jun Kim 19 hours ago

    What a stand up dude this Todd man!

  • Gioia Peraz
    Gioia Peraz 19 hours ago

    I can't stop thinking about this moovie. It's so good that it's driving me insane

  • theartistmusician
    theartistmusician 20 hours ago

    what happens you make the best film of the year, you get what you deserve.

  • AC Jordan
    AC Jordan 21 hour ago

    amazing movie

  • JlabCreation
    JlabCreation 21 hour ago

    The movie did not feel like a movie, It felt normal.

  • Roula70s
    Roula70s 21 hour ago

    This is the best film in film history

  • M CJ
    M CJ 21 hour ago +1

    Standing there in Keanu Reeves stance

  • Даниил Миловидов

    Honestly, I thought that when water runs out of flower it was a symbol that his heart is bleeding and he is so much painful inside and he is so depressed that he can't show all his sorrow and pain.

  • H W
    H W 22 hours ago +1

    This movie will go down in history of cinematography for sure. Plus it sets some new standards and raises the bar really high in the era of movies that go blockbuster but only because of some clout and popularity, not necessarily for what we find in the Joker. Chapeu bas.

  • Tracy Naomi
    Tracy Naomi 22 hours ago +1

    anyone realized it's out on a mental awareness month... this is just incredible

  • Davide [D]
    Davide [D] 22 hours ago

    Why is in a power stance?

  • Tostitos fritos
    Tostitos fritos 23 hours ago

    It’s crazy how good quality movies can affect you. This movie was an experience for me, and i became extremely passionate about it. I went first time with my family, second time with my friends. Unfortunately with my buddies they weren’t as passionate about it, laughing throughout the scenes, I was actually pissed off and offended at how they could laugh at this masterpieces. I need to go again by myself because it was astonishing

  • GamerMGO
    GamerMGO 23 hours ago

    This opening sequence is nothing short of masterful, it all comes together in a superb way.

  • TheProgramer64
    TheProgramer64 23 hours ago

    I didn’t and can’t see the water come out of the flower.

  • Terrantulla
    Terrantulla Day ago

    Hildur Gudnadotir is the same composer who did the score for Chernobyl. Perfect match for Joker 🤘

  • Konstantin Vorotnyuk

    That’s so pseudo deep ...wooow such symbolic ...wooow . I wouldn’t get anything without this break down

  • Vanessa Hood
    Vanessa Hood Day ago

    You know the movie is so good when you feel the character's emotions.

  • Jentina Naude
    Jentina Naude Day ago

    The best movies this year I don't give a 10/10 - this was easily a 10

  • Tall Guy Car Racing

    I don't like the film made me feel uncomfortable

  • steph101
    steph101 Day ago +2

    2:46 both him and I realized that this video was going to be more of him talking than him actually using the screen lmao

  • Cesar Vera Latorre

    very nice photopraphy. Was it so necessary to put always that sad music? it semmed redundant to me.

  • Georgeserker
    Georgeserker Day ago

    Beautiful, movie of the year.

  • Luis Polanco
    Luis Polanco Day ago

    You guys noticed batman's face in the opening scene? Look at the mirror

  • Delaney Ford
    Delaney Ford Day ago

    This was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen


    graphic novel

  • Where's Will
    Where's Will Day ago

    if Joaquin dones't get his Oscar for this.... I will never put on my happy face

  • Literally Hitler

    Willing to bet this guy is a Jew

  • Sam Lyle
    Sam Lyle Day ago +1

    This guys voice is almost exactly the same as Hamilton Morris’s

  • Chudi Okafor
    Chudi Okafor Day ago +1

    I do not see a movie a second time till probably after a couple years. I saw this movie twice in 3 days. The raw take they took into Arthur's mind is disturbing, terrifying, unsettling, revealing, and intriguing. Combine that with the realities of our time and you're concluding, this could be anyone. Anyone.

  • Gameboy23
    Gameboy23 Day ago +1

    Are his eyes closed, or is he looking down?

    • Gameboy23
      Gameboy23 12 hours ago +1

      @carol9909 lol💀

    • carol9909
      carol9909 19 hours ago

      He’s looking down. The touchpad he is using to make all of those markings is setup horizontally. For a second I thought he had his eyes closed too.

    • musicaltheatergeek79
      musicaltheatergeek79 Day ago

      I think he's blind.

  • photoshopknight
    photoshopknight Day ago

    Thank you for creating Arthur.

  • Marcus B.
    Marcus B. Day ago

    Everything must go!

  • Sarah Bryan
    Sarah Bryan Day ago +1

    Something that stuck out to me in the movie was in the comedy club. When he was about to tell his first joke he said, “Okay here’s one” or something to that effect. That broke my heart. It was like watching a little boy try to impress someone he looked up to.

  • Borzu Ravan
    Borzu Ravan Day ago

    Cinematography: PERFECTION. Acting: PERFECTION. Music: PERFECTION. Directing? Not so sure.

  • Doogle Lawless
    Doogle Lawless Day ago

    I totally didn't see the flower gag at the cinema. Amazing. Joaquin nailed this performance.

  • Alphasnowbordergirl

    well have to show this to my mom now so she can tell me if she recognizes the newark roads.

  • OVain.
    OVain. Day ago +1

    This is my first time watching a dc/marvel movie and this was soooo good I have to watch it again

    • K.Louis
      K.Louis 23 hours ago

      Oh no you started with the best one lol, other than Logan there's really nothing in DC/Marvel that's anything like this.

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