Director Todd Phillips praised Joker at the New York Film Festival on Wednesday for the strong response to the film, which will finally open commercially this weekend. "There was a lot of talk about this movie – a lot of me too – I learned," the director told the audience. "I am very pleased that you are here and that we can finally make the film speak for itself."
Joker has become a lightning rod and at the same time has accumulated a wealth of initial critical praise and enthusiasm, and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival last month. The police in New York and other cities are on alert for the opening of this weekend as the film deals with Christopher Nolan's Batman films, one of which was screened in a Colorado theater where mass shooting took place. Phillips was adversely affected by his recent remarks that he had turned to drama because "Woke Culture" ruined the comedy, the genre he used in hits such as Old School and The Hangover broke out.
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After the film, which was shown in Alice Tully Hall, will be Phillips, Star Joaquin Phoenix, producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff, producing designer Mark Freidberg and DP Lawrence Sher shared his thoughts in a question and answer session. Phillips urged criticism of Joker's depiction of violence. Some commentators expressed concern about possible behavior as imitators. Life mimicked the spasms of mob violence unleashed by a lone gunman – a powerful move in 2019. Phillips said the filmmakers had tried to eradicate the usual levels of fantasy and exaggeration in the comic genre and provide a character Study, albeit one of the murderous sociopaths. Their role models were films such as Mean Streets Dog Day Afternoon and One Fly Over the Cuckoo's Nest .
"That's the amazing thing for me," said Phillips. "I thought, is not that a good thing to have a real impact on violence? Is not it good to take away the cartoon element of violence we've become so immune to?" I was a little surprised when it came in that direction is that it's irresponsible, for me it's very responsible that it feels real and has weight and implications. "
Phoenix, who generally behaved best in the early stages of a long Oscar campaign a much-vaunted pioneering role was sporadic in the discussion, he exchanged inscrutable insider jokes with the others on the stage, and repeatedly told presenter Eugene Hernandez, deputy director of the Lincoln Center's Film Society, that he was asking the question he posed , do not understand. (It was a true curveball as he and Phillips started to create the Arthur Fleck / Joker character.)
After a series of unpleasant taking breaks made Phillips laugh nervously by joking the crowd: "You have a real look at what it's like" to have a conversation with Phoenix.
Sometimes, however, the actor focused enough during the 30-minute question and answer session to shed some light on his approach. He and Phillips first analyzed and discussed videos of people with disturbances that encouraged them to compulsively laugh and inappropriate times. "Obviously, the joker laugh is an icon," Phoenix said. "I thought it would be a really smart way to approach this laugh."