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Seventy year-old flick Casablanca is set to get a free outing in a new medium: Facebook.

Warner Brothers will show the film at 7:00 PM on May the 16th, Pacific Standard time. The screening appears to be a promotion for the film’s birthday and its inclusion in a new series of e-books for film buffs from the studio.

But if you want to watch the film outside the USA, prepare to be disappointed. Comments posted to the film's Facebook page suggest that the broadcast will not be available in Europe. Some angrily point out the futility of using a global platform to announce a local event.

Nor can El Reg’s antipodean eyrie access the Warner Brothers streaming app, which kindly informed your correspondent “Sorry this content is not available in your region.”

All of which leaves the opening line of the film eerily prescient:

“With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas.”

Enjoy the show. ®

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