The black spot! Good suspense. Music's not bad.
"too close to home" AKA "protesteth too much".
In the Treasure Island bit in TIOW, he doesn't protesteth too much, but methinks he does denyeth too much, though. He seems quite careful to distance himself from the directing issue. I don't think he's usually so evasive when discussing his anonymous directing in poorly received movies - my guess is that he would be disinclined to claim he had contributed so much to a movie that didn't go over well - essentially, I believe, because of the stilted acting, something which Welles alludes to in that discussion.
...and blest are those whose blood and judgment are so well commingled, that they are not a pipe for fortune's finger to sound what stop she please. Give me that man that is not passion's slave, and I will wear him in my heart's core...