The Dark Knight (2008) dir. Christopher Nolan
“Everything in the movie is meant to be unsettling, so anytime we kind of moved the camera intentionally like this, it was always to give off this kind of unsettling vibe of this guy who’s pretty much separated from everybody else. Even in this locker room space you hear the voices of for or five guys over here playing cards and talking about whatever and Arthur’s here alone, kind of not part of the group, figuring out how to keep a smile on his face.
You know, one of the themes in the film is smile, and the idea of putting on a happy face. His mother told him that he was born to bring joy and laughter into the world and it is something that Arthur wrestles with throughout the movie. So in this scene we find him as he’s literally pulling up and putting down his mouth to sort of fighting the comedy-tragedy his life is.” — Todd Phillips, the director of JOKER
There’s so many different ways of looking at it, you can either say here’s somebody who, like everybody, needed to be heard and understood and to have a voice. Or you can say this is somebody that disproportionately needs a large quantity of people to be fixated on him. His satisfaction comes as he stands in amongst the madness. ― Joaquin Phoenix on Joker for Vanity Fair (October 2019)
What do you get when you cross a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash? I’ll tell you what you get. You get what you fucking deserve!
JOKER (2019) dir. Todd Phillips
The Dark Knight (2008) // Birds of Prey (2020)