It’s been said that a “swashbuckler” movie is an adventure that uses history for inspiration and atmosphere, but never lets it get in the way of a good sword fight or a torrid love scene. The Black Swan is a lovely swashbuckler.
Tyron Power has been called “the poor man’s Clark Gable.” A fine Shakespearian actor, as his father had been before him. My mother, who was from a generation that appreciated both men, told me that it was a matter of type. Both men were sexy, but women preferred one or the other. She preferred Ty. I first saw Tyrone Power in the 1940 Mark of Zorro. I agreed with her immediately.