In art, the obvious is a sin.
With me it was that defending the Communist Party was something worse than naming the names.
The films dramatic requirements should always take precedence over the mere aesthetics of editing.
I only knew a few people, literally a handful of people, al of whom had been in the Party long before I was, all of whom were known by the FBI and were known to the Committee.
I believed that I was being forced to sacrifice my family and my career in defense of the Communist Party, from which I had long been separated and which I had grown to dislike and distrust.
Not a single person I named hadn't already been named at least a half-dozen times and wasn't already on he blacklist.
I was surprised to see the meeting was of Communists and the whole meeting was along Communist lines.
I knew that if it ever got down to a choice between the Party and our traditional democratic structure I would fight the Party and our traditional democratic structure I would fight the Party to the bitter end.
The 'human situation,' in all its guises, is what good films are all about, and technical skill counts for nothing if it is used only to manufacture films which have little to do with humanity.
With me it was that defending the Communist Party was something worse than naming the names. I did not want to remain a martyr to something that I absolutely believed was immoral and wrong. It's as simple as that.
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