Limited edition of 1500 copies.
Continuing our festival of historic Elmer Bernstein releases, we follow our 4-CD boxed set of Gangs of New York, The Journey of Natty Gann and The Scarlet Letter with the exciting premiere release of Anna Lucasta from 1958.
Based on the hit Broadway play, Anna Lucasta is "a searing illuminating family drama" (The Film Daily). Sultry siren Eartha Kitt is "vibrantly sexy" (Los Angeles Times) as a lascivious lady of the night and cool cat Sammy Davis Jr. displays "tremendous appeal and power" (Cue) in this torrid tale of love and greed.
When wild child Anna Lucasta (Kitt) is banished from the family home by her self-righteous father she falls into a life of prostitution and into the arms of street-wise sailor Danny Johnson (Davis). But after Anna shocks them all by finally finding true love with a well-heeled young suitor, her unforgiving father sets a vengeful plan in motion to remind his daughter of her sordid past and destroy her future forever!
This is classic Bernstein. Powerful...Dramatic...Romantic, and featuring one of the greatest scored sequences of Bernstein's entire career (the four cues beginning with The Runaway). Anna Lucasta will amaze.
- Varèse Sarabande