Def by Temptation

Director: James Bond III Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1990

Starring: Bill Nunn, Cynthia Bond, James Bond III, Kadeem Hardison, Melba Moore, Samuel L. Jackson

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When he experiences a crisis of faith, a young minister named Joel (Bond) travels to New York City to visit his childhood friend, K (Hardison). Rather than the healing reunion they had expected, Joel and K soon find themselves wrapped up with The Temptress (Bond), a mysterious and beautiful woman, who lures unfaithful men to their doom. A macabre, neon-tinged portrait of late 1980’s Brooklyn beautifully shot by cinematographer Ernest Dickerson (Do the Right Thing), DEF BY TEMPTATION has been newly restored from the original 35mm camera negative.

“Contributes to a Black filmmaking tradition that does not wish to replicate the sensibilities or aesthetic leanings… of Hollywood.” – Robin R. Means Coleman, author of Horror Noire

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