Watch Joaquin Phoenix Do a Creepy Dance in ‘Joker’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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A run-down bathroom with a flickering fluorescent light, a swooning piece of music and some slow, deliberate moves. Those spare ingredients go into crafting this downbeat but memorable moment from “Joker.”
When the scene begins, Arthur Fleck (a.k.a. the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix) has just had an intense, life-defining moment and finds a bathroom to collect and calm himself. He does so with a dance that the director Todd Phillips said Phoenix came up with on the day of the shoot. In his narration, Phillips discusses the music (by Hildur Gudnadottir), and how he and Phoenix came to change the scene from what was in the script.
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Oct 7, 2019




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BKLYNTURK1975 6 days ago
He killed it!! No pun intended
Shafaet Islam
Shafaet Islam 12 days ago
Yaver Khan
Yaver Khan 13 days ago
An artist as human according to nature dance is a form of expression as Joaquin Phoenix i expected to be shine alone above all actors cx he depicted my pain n torture 😭😭😭😭😇
Jesus crucification at end. Joker/Jesus/Saviour
John Whitman
John Whitman 17 days ago
Im diagnosed ADHD and ASPD. . This is the only movie and I mean the only movie that I have seen that literally made me look at myself. . Fuckn relatable. Truly a masterpiece
Mr Google
Mr Google 21 day ago
that movie sucks
Kadir 14 days ago
like your life
dark jedi
dark jedi 27 days ago
This film got 69% on Rotten Tomatoes... I knew it, I always hate tomatoes 🍅
Wilhelm Heinrich
Wilhelm Heinrich 28 days ago
The critics panned Joker because they couldn’t handle a villain as a protagonist in a story or film.
Y. Month ago
i remember watching this and just, memorized by Arthur dancing and how creepy yet peaceful the scene was. I don't think a movie has ever made me felt like this before
Pablo Martinez
Pablo Martinez Month ago
I have Generalized Anxiety And Depression I Can Understand all The Pain This Movie Brings .
Brum Man
Brum Man Month ago
“You talking to me” only real movie fans will understand.
nikodim Month ago
In my opinion, this movie is a stand alone masterpiece
이초록 Month ago
i think joker's dancing scene is inspired from bong joon ho's "mother" opening scene and ending scene. this is mother opeing scene. usvid.net/video/video-MqokbMIzd7w.html i wnat to hear about ur opinion
Audra Evans
Audra Evans Month ago
I feel like this character is a Pisces.
Christiam disciple
It's not creepy at all. In fact it is liberating and very artful....it is an expression of who he is and who he is shaping up to be. It is a catharsis after his explosive release against THE BULLY. It's not about right or wrong at this time that I consider but Arthur's way of coping with his very very aweful life that makes it beautiful in the midst of the tragedy playing out...which Arthur later finds humorous and couches as a comedy and in truth most comedians laugh at their pain and most of our comical entertainment is mostly that...making fun of something that intrisically hurts us. I find it beautiful in a heavy way. To bring out beauty however small from great evil is somehthing like a rose in mud.
Naasir Ali
Naasir Ali Month ago
Please todd you have done the joker to perfection.....Please do Scarecrow or Bane if you can stay true to the joker character I just imagine what he'll do next with them
Dave Otuwa
Dave Otuwa Month ago
Dave Otuwa
Dave Otuwa Month ago
'Twas the 1st-ever R-rated film I've ever seen at a cineplex. I loved it! Crazy with homicide!
Bella55 Month ago
True raw beauty!
Gaitan Month ago
Dear New York Times: Your News Paper is creepy.
Ross Gladen
Ross Gladen Month ago
It’s not creepy it’s legendary
Nicole Titov
Nicole Titov Month ago
Literally, this is beautiful.
Patrick Bertlein
This reminded me of Butoh. His acting was incredible. The movie was heavily flawed, and critics will overlook this because they will, understandably so, be so mesmerized by some of the best acting of this century.
Joaquin Shang
Joaquin Shang Month ago
This scene alone shows what a genius actor is capable of... Just an improvisation idea and flowing with it, let it go, be the character... Joaquin is the best, he should have 2 Oscars by now.
Vadym Volodko
Vadym Volodko Month ago
I'm watching cinema movies now with CinemaVariety. I registered last year and I'm still enjoy it :D
Ather Month ago
"A run-down bathroom with a flickering fluorescent light, a swooning piece of music and some slow, deliberate moves." Believe me or not this whole line is not just only a script but a FEELING 😢💔
NiconachoZ Studio
NiconachoZ Studio 2 months ago
Youtuber27 2 months ago
One of the greatest scenes in film history.
giada 2 months ago
Joaquin Phoenix didn't just play this character beautifully, with an extraordinary performance. He improvised this scene, by turning his character's thoughts and feelings into dance and if this scene is now one of the most beautiful scenes of the movie is thanks to him. This is a proof that Phoenix put all his soul into this character, to the point that he disappears and we only see Arthur and Joker. When an actor is able to give new interpretation to his character's feelings by turning few lines of the script into something more deep and beautiful, that's when an actor becomes an artist! Phoenix definitely deserves all the awards for that performance and for his dedication and passion. I want to thank Todd Phillips, because he is the one gave Phoenix this oportunity.
Gaitan 2 months ago
Good decision to do the scene.
Maverick jnr
Maverick jnr 2 months ago
phishydpak 2 months ago
The King of Devils. Joaquin, you're a GWAMM.
Mediawatcher 2 months ago
It’s insane to think that this was all improvised! Joaquin Phoenix is a true actor!
AppalachianWolf 2 months ago
MSM: Why do people like this movie? Us: You wouldn’t get it.
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Joaquin Shang
Joaquin Shang 2 months ago
This scene is like a line of poetry, no logical words but describes the inner spirit change of the protagonist. One of the scenes of this decade.
Angela Ziegler
Angela Ziegler 2 months ago
Is the movie scary ? Actually I want to watch it but I don’t dare bc ppl are saying that it’s scary and I don’t think that I have the ability to watch scary movies bc I get scared easily so if you have watched the movie can you please tell me your opinion ? Thank youuu ❤️
Angela Ziegler
Angela Ziegler 2 months ago
@PokemonFan ok thank you ! I will watch it soon (definitely not this month bc my grandfather passed away today 💔 so I don’t feel like watching anything) but I’ll make sure to tell you what I think about it if I don’t forget.
PokemonFan 2 months ago
What? The movie isn't scary at all it's just disturbing at times. There's only one part where he scares someone but no the movie isn't scary at all.
Manus 623
Manus 623 2 months ago
Eric Dufrane
Eric Dufrane 2 months ago
Why did I get chills when I saw that.. don't even like dancing
Eric Dufrane
Eric Dufrane Month ago
@musicfilmhead90 heck no
musicfilmhead90 2 months ago
Probably the music behind the imagery. Really makes the scene that much more powerful.
Jason H
Jason H 2 months ago
When you go from Team Batman to Team Joker in one dance!
temper44 2 months ago
The idea that some people have music in them is a beautiful one. I've never considered it, but thinking back I have known several of those people in my life.
Jimmy Rustling
Jimmy Rustling 2 months ago
I find it offensive that Joker is not a black woman. Like why does it have to be another white male?? eww
*Joaquin Phoenix -- Oscar best male lead in the Joker.. *Joe Pesci -- Oscar best male support role in The Irishman. If only this was a world where this justice would happen. But this is a society.
Paco Perez
Paco Perez 2 months ago
SevenSea 2 months ago
This movie is truer than all the news you've published in last 5 years, New York Failing Times
L B 2 months ago
I shed tears to this scene
Pavel Kopachinski
Pavel Kopachinski 2 months ago
chromedino.com/joker/ - About the Joker have already released an online game, look!
CadyGamer Pix
CadyGamer Pix 2 months ago
Joker dancing: Tik tok people: How men deal with stuff.
Double Jeopardy
Double Jeopardy 2 months ago
Joaquin was born in peuto rico 😮
Jalal Shokouhi
Jalal Shokouhi 2 months ago
God! This so freakin *Incredible* 😍
Nathalie Bissonnier
Nathalie Bissonnier 2 months ago
So..so emotional 🔥🔥 JOAQUIN PHOENIX 👏👏... The BEST ACTOR ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐++
Emy 78
Emy 78 2 months ago
Great music movie actor director & every thing 💯👍👍👍 The best movie I've ever seen 💝 Thank you ⚘
Zebra meeme lol
Zebra meeme lol 3 months ago
During the entire movie he dances when he's happy and angry. But in the bathroom he's finally given in and he needs to collect his thoughts and he does this by dance. He dances with his mom because he was happy. He's happy with his mom and that's why he danced with her. He was angry at mury and the rest of society and danced on his way to the studio knowing what he was going to do in front of everyone.
L B 2 months ago
And he danced after killing the dude in his apartment and after killing Murray
warrior 8
warrior 8 3 months ago
ak sinha
ak sinha 3 months ago
The death of aurthur ...and THE BIRTH OF JOKER
Mo Ana
Mo Ana 3 months ago
Mo Ana
Mo Ana 3 months ago
Sooooo..... who is the director
madtv719 3 months ago
Looking in the mirror watching himself Dance This is the moment when He Morphed into The Joker Realising He Could Nevet Go Back to what He was ..
warrior #itaintme_gmail_com
truth is we all do that silly dance in the mirror when nobody is in the room, but they are all watching
Sigma Geranimo
Sigma Geranimo 3 months ago
A very deep movie.......
micsquzzy106 3 months ago
Now this dance will be known as a masterpiece
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