The video was directed by Mark Romanek, who had directed the clips for Madonna's "Rain
" and Lenny Kravitz' "Are You Gonna Go My Way
Romanek says that the video for "Closer" was shot on a hand-cranked camera from 1919, and was made "for art's sake." Like the song, the video is raw and disturbing, complete with bondage, nudity, and a monkey strapped to a crucifix. When MTV showed interest, they edited it for broadcast and the video went in rotation on the network. As for the monkey, Romanek insists that it was never harmed, and that an ASPCA representative was on the set to ensure its safety.